The Muslim American Experience in the Past Year

September 13, 2002

Source: Christian Science Monitor

On September 13, 2002 the Christian Science Monitor reported that "the impulse to place collective blame for 9/11 on [Muslims and Americans of Middle Eastern background] groups has surfaced in acts of prejudice and, sometimes, violence. But... there have also been acts of kindness and reassurance by Americans determined to show their Muslim neighbors or colleagues that they are welcome parts of the country's mosaic. Interfaith contacts have increased, and political and civic participation among Arab-Americans and Muslims has increased. The question of racial profiling, however, remains pointed. Young men of Arab heritage, particularly, get heightened attention from airport inspectors and law enforcement officials."