Ever since the major “terrorist” attack on September 11, 2001, the muslim community is unfortunately perceived with a negative stigma by some. Because of this event, and many others since, people in the muslim community face stereotyping, discrimination, and structural violence. Security at airports and government buildings have increased tremendously, and we see an increase in security officials profiling individuals. Stereotyping is something we need to get away from, but I highly doubt that we will any time soon.
According to an article by Kathryn Ecklund, “During the process of adjusting to the aftermath of September 11, Muslim Americans faced an upsurge in negative stereotypes expressed by the larger society (American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 2003; Cassel, 2006) and Muslim immigrants, more than any other immigrant group, were met with negative attitudes (Council of American Islamic Relations, 2003; Saroglou & Galand, 2004).”
Clearly, this reflects American attitudes towards the Muslim community after experiencing the events of 9/11. People like to generalize all people of a race in one category, and assume they are all the same; nothing good ever comes from any of it. The article also stated that “Although Muslim is a religious label and does not pertain to race, the line between racism and religious discrimination is often blurred (Allen & Nielsen, 2002). Muslim Americans are often perceived as a monolithic group (McCarus, 1994; Nyang, 1999), conceptualized as a religious minority thought to act, think, and behave similarly despite wide ethnic differences that exist within the Muslim American community (Abu-Ras & Suarez, 2009; McCarus, 1994; Pew Research Center, 2010).”
We often don’t realize how our actions, thoughts and behaviors are altered when we receive certain information or experience events. When people feel threatened, they do whatever they can to feel safe again. People are trying to make it harder for Muslims to come to and be in the United States, because they feel threatened by anyone of that religion/ethnicity. It becomes an issue of race and religious stance, which shouldn’t be there to allow others to categorize and segregate people.