Blog Post Week 4

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.

References

The Hijab In Post-9/11 America: A Woman’s Crown

2 thoughts on “Blog Post Week 4

  1. The Muslim community is definitely the demographic that has been effected the most by this example of structural violence. Because of 9/11 and the media’s powerful ways of influencing the masses, the Muslim community faces a negative stigma that is undeserving. However, they are not the only ones who have faced hate and negative perceptions. Various cultural/ethnic groups that originate from the middle east also experience the same type of negative responses from the uneducated portion of America. Yes, unfortunately there are people out there who are so ignorant to knowledge and the truth that they see someone of middle eastern descent, or pretty much “foreign looking” to them, they’ll assume the absolute worst. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen all the time; it’s more uncommon than common. However these people, Muslim, middle eastern, indian, wherever they’re from, are receiving hate they don’t deserve. Educating people and instilling proper morals, and values in individuals early on is really the only way to stop this kind of negative action from pursuing in the future. And there is always the possibility of hindrance, you just have to deal with it as you go.

  2. There should be more education of world religion in American schools that focuses on understanding and acceptance of every religion. I believe that people who identify as anti-Muslim simply do not know what the religion is about and base all of their opinions of the religion on terrorist done by radical Muslims. And even then, these attacks are not even done by Muslims, just people using the religion as a veil to commit atrocities. The United States claims (well, until Donald Trump happened) that our country is a ‘mixing pot’ of different cultures, but if a certain group of people are uncomfortable while trying to exist, then something needs to change here.

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