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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 07:32 PM
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After 9/11: 'You no longer have rights'
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 07:33 PM by marmar
from the Guardian UK:

After 9/11: 'You no longer have rights' extract
What was it like for immigrant Muslims and Arab-Americans in the wake of 9/11? Ten years on, three people tell their stories, Friday 2 September 2011

Adama Bah, 23, student

My mother came to the United States with me in 1990, the year I turned two. We originally came from Koubia in Guinea, west Africa. My dad was here already, living in Brooklyn. Then came my brother, who is now 19, my sister, who is 17, and two more brothers who are 13 and five. I'm 23. We lived in an apartment in Manhattan.

I went to public school until seventh grade. Then my dad wanted me to learn about my religion, so he sent me to an Islamic boarding school in Buffalo, New York. What's weird now that I look back is that my parents aren't really religious, we didn't really go to mosque. But my dad heard about the school from somebody who recommended it.

I was 13 when 9/11 happened. My teacher announced that a Muslim might have done it, and that there might be hatred against Muslims. I felt 9/11 when I came back to New York for Ramadan break. Altogether, there were six classmates who had to get on a plane to come back. At that time, we covered our faces. I couldn't believe the looks. Everybody was scared, pointing. We got extra screenings, our bags were checked, we got pulled to the side. I've never had racism directed toward me before.

My parents didn't know I wore the niqab until I came home. My mom opened the door, saw me, and told my father, "You have to tell her to take this off." ................(more)

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Denninmi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 07:44 PM
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1. Sad and frightening at the same time.
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