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Revised #2 Essay # 3 - Boda 1 Sushanth Boda English 125-013...

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Sushanth Boda English 125-013 Revised Final Draft of Essay # 3 The Minority is Not the Majority As the sunset glistened over the Hudson River on September 11, 2001, New York City was filled with smoke, silence and sorrow. Sean Alfano of CBS news reported earlier that morning; a series of coordinated plane attacks hit the majestic Twin Towers and the Pentagon, leaving a total of 2,976 victims dead (Alfano). “All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying,” said Michael Walters, a free-lance photojournalist in Manhattan (Baylor). The scale and devastation had surpassed the imagination of all, and the people of New York City were caught up in a cluster of chaos. Tragically, over 20 percent of Americans knew a victim in the attacks, and they consequently became fueled with both anger and frustration (Moore). The news that the hijackers were Muslims did not help the already controversial status that Muslims hold in the United States. Muslims, in general, were then blamed for the attacks and were branded as terrorists. The relative ease of scapegoating created a dark cloud around Muslims worldwide, and as a result, they fell prey to racial profiling. Many people have characterized all Muslims as radical and violent without understanding the full perspective of their religion. This stereotype was created from the beliefs of a few extremists. The entire Muslim population cannot be assumed to follow the same beliefs set by the select few who misuse Islam as a justification for violence. Only by studying the entire perspective, can one see the glaring flaws in the current stereotype. The morning of 9/11 was no different from any other morning on the bustling streets of Manhattan; however, the sights and sounds of “The Big Apple” would instantly change to an array of confusion. There was an avalanche of smoke as the buildings collapsed like a deck of 1 Boda 1
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cards, making the situation almost unreal. Witnesses to this horrific incident wanted answers to their numerous questions, such as Who in the world would do such a thing? Why would they want to murder thousands of innocent lives? Soon after the event, the FBI released the photos of the nineteen hijackers and information affiliating them with Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda is an Islamic extremist group, formed in 1989, that manipulates certain Islamic beliefs to use them as an excuse and justification for such attacks. It claims that the presence of the U.S. in the Middle East, and America’s support for Israel is a threat to Islam (Blanchard). Christopher Blanchard, an analyst in Middle Eastern Affairs for congress, states that Al-Qaeda also declared that Americans were occupying the holiest places of Islam and, as a result, the Americans were terrorizing its people and exploiting their resources. Al-Qaeda quotes the holy book of Islam, the Koran, and states, “Slay the pagens wherever ye find them.” Al-Qaeda however, translates it as “it is the
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