Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans After 9 11 by Lori Peek

By Lori Peek

As the US attempted to soak up the surprise of the Sep 11 assaults, Muslim americans have been stuck up in an remarkable wave of backlash violence. Public dialogue published that common false impression and misrepresentation of Islam endured, regardless of the extraordinary variety of the Muslim group. Letting the voices of one hundred forty traditional Muslim American women and men describe their stories, Lori Peek's path-breaking e-book, in the back of the Backlash, offers relocating bills of prejudice and exclusion. Muslims converse of being subjected to harassment sooner than the assaults, and recount the discrimination they encountered afterwards. Peek additionally explains the struggles of younger Muslim adults to solidify their neighborhood and outline their identification in the course of a time of nationwide drawback. at the back of the Backlash seeks to give an explanation for why blame and scape-goating take place after a disaster. Peek units the twenty-first century event of Muslim american citizens, who have been vilified and victimized, within the context of bigger sociological and mental strategies. Peek's ebook could be of curiosity to these in catastrophe learn reports, sociology of faith, and race and ethnic relatives.

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S. military was placed on high alert worldwide. , were evacuated, and New York state government offices were closed. Trading on Wall Street was suspended, and every bridge and tunnel leading into Manhattan was shut down. Los Angeles International Airport, the destination of three of the hijacked airplanes, was evacuated and shut down, as was San Francisco International Airport, the destination of the fourth airliner that crashed in Pennsylvania. Schools, businesses, and other organizations across the nation closed for days, and in some cases for weeks, after the attacks.

57 After his arrest, Stroman said, “I did what every American wanted to do but didn’t. ”58 In the spring of 2003, Larme Price, a thirty-year-old man with a history of drug abuse and mental health problems, went on a violent crime spree in Brooklyn and Queens. Over a seven-week period, he shot five men in the head at point-blank range, killing four of them and seriously wounding the fifth. All the deceased were immigrants—from Russia, Guyana, India, and Yemen. Price eventually broke down and turned himself in to the police.

S. Congress passed a resolution affirming the need to protect the civil liberties Under Attack / 27 of all Americans and condemning bigotry against Arabs, Muslims, and South Asians. The resolution stated: Be it resolved that Congress (1) declares that in the quest to identify, bring to justice, and punish the perpetrators and sponsors of the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, that the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans, including Arab Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia, should be protected and (2) condemns any acts of violence or discrimination against any Americans, including Arab Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia.

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