Structural violence is a systematic way to deny people agency and individuality and it is seen among so many different groups of people in this world. The way that we socially identify makes us who we are, however, we are also socially identified by others and that can be in a different way than we see ourselves which can pose problems and cause barriers. The specific topic I wanted to look at was the way that Muslims are looked at, especially Muslim women after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Being a Muslim in America was hard enough seeing as though the largest religion has always been Christianity, but after 9/11 things got significantly worse and just the clothing worn by Muslims made others feel uncomfortable and place stereotypes. The hijab for example is something that is still currently under scrutiny by many because it is seen not only as something to aid in pointing who a Muslim woman is, but it is also looked at as an item of oppression on these women by the men. This is not the case at all but it is placing barriers around so many women who choose to wear the veil for reasons of their own. Not only is it their choice, but is a sign of modesty and also a way for them to show religious freedom and show themselves to be a part of a larger Muslim community. Embracing this type of freedom is what America is about but instead many women are being rejected and scrutinized because wearing a hijab doesn’t fit into “American Ideals”. Having this issue of social identity must be frustrating because it not only infringes on their social identity but also their religious views which is such a large part of their life as it is to many people. The inequality women face simply because they distinguish themselves as Muslim by wearing a hijab prevents them from feeling comfortable in everyday life and can do harm not only mentally but physically as well. The structural violence in America towards Muslims can decrease with something as simple as being educated on things such as knowing that wearing a veil does not mean oppression.