Anti-Arab Sentiments in the U.S after 9/11
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This questions the stereotyping and hate crimes which are still prevalent amongst U.S. officials and citizens almost ten years after the World Trade Center attacks. The author argues that a major problem that existed and still exists regarding the Muslim Americans is America's lack of education and knowledge and high degree of misunderstanding regarding Arabs, Muslims and the distinction between the two. The paper also discusses several organizations aimed at countering these discriminatory sentiments (e.g. the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)).
From the Paper:"Immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Arab-Americans and immigrants from the Arab or Muslim countries experienced an unprecedented backlash from stereotyping to actual hate crimes and a variety of civil liberties violations. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) received a tremendous increase of discrimination complaints in the workplace, public accommodations, and at airports. In addition, the U.S. government instituted a number of their own discriminatory policies and administrative measures targeting Arab-American and South Asian communities. These policies included massive secret detentions, selective law enforcement through so-called "voluntary" interviews and deportation of Middle Eastern men, a proposal to fingerprint immigrants and visitors from certain Arab or Muslim countries, and singling out Middle Eastern men for heightened enforcement of minor immigration law violations.
"In addition, the government detained scores of immigrants of Arab or South Asian descent merely on the basis of their ethnicity. According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), around 75 men, largely of Arab and South Asian origin were rounded up immediately after the attacks and held in secret federal custody. The number of detainees continued to grow as the government continued to selectively target Middle Eastern men for questioning."
Sample of Sources Used:
- ADC Organization. 1 May, 2007. http://www.adc.org/index.php?284
- Aoude, Ibrahim G. Arab Americans and Ethnic Studies Journal of Asian American Studies - 9.2, (2006)141-155
- Arab Studies Journal.
- Banks James A. Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies, Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1997.
- Bokhari, Aatif. New CAIR director focuses on education, not litigation. The Arab American News (2006) 22.1049
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