War at Home Essay

Submitted By TheOnlyGENtern
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The events of 9/11 left terror in the minds of Americans. Unfortunately it also left a sour idea in many that Muslim people are all prone to violence and are "terrorists". Constant discrimination has left fear in many Muslim Americans that has even driven them to try to remain unseen by anyone else. During WW1, German Americans faced this kind of discrimination as well. At an estimated 6 million people, Islam is the largest non-Christian religion in the US (Barrett, Paul, M.;washingtonpost.com). Even with this large amount, only about half of adults in the United States feel that Muslims face discrimination. In addition to that, around one-third believe that Islam encourages violence (Moore, Jina; csmonitor.com). Kareem Shora, the national executive director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, has said that this says the mentality of ‘us versus them’ is still securely set in the minds of some Americans. The fear that drove much of the discrimination towards Arab and Muslim Americans was also present in the treatment towards German Americans in World War 2. Everything with a German connection was either changed or removed. German American store owners had their shops vandalized and acts of violence towards German Americans, though not common, wan not unheard of. In one instance, a son of a German immigrant was lynched because his membership of the Socialist party was seen as disloyalty. American Muslims are under constant suspicion due to the stereotypes and misconceptions. Even with numerous Muslims have severely rebuked the actions of 9/11.Violence and destruction is a threat to Muslim Americans that is becoming more common with the myths about both islam and Muslims. Several mosques have been set on fire and damaged significantly as well as a close…