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Citizens Act Locally to Support Muslim Neighbors

September 15, 2001

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

On September 15, 2001, The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "Police in Utah say they remain vigilant and will crack down on hate-inspired crime following an arson fire at a Pakistani family's restaurant and a handful of reported threats against Muslims in the state." A suspect who claimed the act was retribution for terror attacks is in custody and the fire is being investigated as a hate crime. In support of the owners, the article reported, "Utahns poured into his restaurant, offering words of sorrow and solidarity." The...

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Editorials Regarding the Backlash, Scapegoating: Immediate Responses (Sept 13-16)

September 15, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 15, 2001, The Boston Herald published the editorial "Aftermath shouldn't include stereotyping ethnic minorities" by Sarbpreet Singh. The author noted, "Sikh organizations all over America have been unequivocal in their condemnation of the heinous acts of terror that were unleashed on this country. We are devastated by the loss of life and share in the sorrow and suffering of our countrymen. We have embraced the American way of life and the ideals that represent America with great enthusiasm and energy. We do not...

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Anti-Bigotry Resolution Passes U.S. House

September 15, 2001

Source: Office of Congressman David Bonior

On September 15, 2001, Congressman David Bonior's office issued a press release regarding the House Concurrent Resolution 227, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Bonoir noted, "Terrorism attempts to divide us; we must not let this happen. We cannot allow our anger to drive us to bigotry or intolerance. Americans of all faiths – Christians, Muslims and Jews – denounce these terrorist attacks." The press release continued: "Bonior’s resolution, H. Con. Res. 227, which was co-...

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Editorials Regarding the Backlash, Scapegoating: Immediate Responses (Sept 13-16)

September 15, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 15, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle ran the editorial "Scapegoating our own." This editorial noted, "America's reaction to this week's terrorist attacks was wrapped in grief, anger and determination. One aspect it must not include is any scapegoating of loyal Arab Americans and Muslims living in this country. Already the country has felt this ignorant rage on the rise. Shattered windows of Middle Eastern businesses, hate messages on the Internet and vandalism of mosques are examples across the nation. There...

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National Day of Prayer and Remembrance

September 15, 2001

Source: The Oregonian

On September 15, 2001, The Oregonian reported on local observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance in the article, "Oregonians find comfort, strength in many faiths." The article noted, "In Oregon's largest gathering, about 3,000 people gathered at the Rose Quarter Commons for a multifaith service. Firefighters in uniform stood with Muslim women wearing hijab, Zen students, people waving large flags and throngs of metro-area residents to hear messages of healing."

U.S. Sikhs Ask for Unity, Work for Increased Understanding

September 14, 2001

Source: The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/media_watch/mr20010914.htm

On September 14, 2001, The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release entitled, "Sikhs Blamed for Attack on America; Ask for Help." The statement read, in part: "...we are becoming the mistaken targets of 'retaliation'. In different parts of the country, Sikhs have been harassed, threatened, attacked, and brutally beaten. An elderly Sikh man is...

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U.S. Elected Officials and Government Agencies Make Satements in Response to Backlash

September 14, 2001

Source: Web Site of Senator Daschle

http://www.senate.gov/~daschle/frontstoryuseofforce.htm

On September 14, 2001, Senator Tom Daschle issued a statement on the Joint Resolution Authorizing the Use of Force to Defend America Against Terrorist Attacks. This statement read, in part: "We will be fierce in the defense of our ideals. We will make whatever material or physical sacrifice that is required of us to punish those who attacked our nation, and to prevent future attacks...

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Editorials Regarding the Backlash, Scapegoating: Immediate Responses (Sept 13-16)

September 14, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 14, 2001, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an editorial on "Misguided patriots" which read, in part: "Within hours of the terrorist attack, bomb threats had been made against a mosque in west St. Louis County. Taunts and cruel jokes were being directed at Muslim high school students. Threats and curses were hurled at Arab-Americans -- even at Sikhs, people from India who practice a completely different religion. Elsewhere, bullets shattered windows in a Texas mosque. Beatings and violence were reported in...

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Muslims Targets of Backlash in Workplace

September 14, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On September 14, 2001, USA TODAY reported that the backlash against Muslims and others is extending to the workplace. In the wake of numerous incidents, some companies have taken a proactive position. "PolyOne, a specialty chemical company based in Cleveland, sent out a message from its CEO to all employees about efforts to provide support and help. '(The search for suspects) may lead to very angry feelings and calls for retribution, perhaps against particular ethnic groups,' the message read. 'Do not blame the innocent for the crimes of...

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Debate on the Role of Talk Radio in Tense Times

September 14, 2001

Source: Orlando Sentinel

On September 14, 2001 the Orlando Sentinel reported that "as Central Floridians crawled through morning traffic Thursday, a talk-radio host told his listeners that Muslims at 'the mosque on Goldenrod' were celebrating Tuesday's terrorist attacks on America... A talk-show caller related the tale of a melee at the University of Central Florida prompted by rejoicing Arab-Americans... Neither incident occurred. There was no celebration. And there was no fight... The airing of anonymous callers making unchecked claims about local Muslims...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence - Immediate Backlash

September 14, 2001

Source: ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/wtc_backlash_010914.html

On September 14, 2001, ABC News reported on "Arab-Americans Feel Backlash: Firebombs, Name-Calling, Threats Reported." Continuing coverage included an chat with Al-Haaj Ghazi Khankan, director of Interfaith Affairs at the Islamic Center of Long Island and executive director for the Council...

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Editorials Regarding the Backlash, Scapegoating: Immediate Responses (Sept 13-16)

September 14, 2001

Source: Newday

On September 14, 2001, Newsday published an editorial entitled, "We Muslims Also Grieve." It said, in part: "The horror is unspeakable. Like every American, I am paralyzed by the carnage on the news, on our streets. My head pounds thinking of the grief engulfing thousands of families whose loved ones were killed or injured Tuesday. When I close my eyes, I see bodies tumbling from the windows of skyscrapers. Like every American, I am outraged. And I want justice. But perhaps unlike many other Americans, I'm feeling something else, too. A...

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Religious Communities and Advocacy Organizations Issue Statements Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating

September 14, 2001

Source: ACLU

http://www.aclu.org/news/2001/n091401a.html

On September 14, 2001, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a statement "urging tolerance and respect for everyone in America in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and urged police officials across the country to respond quickly to reports of violence or threats against all people. 'We are deeply disturbed about the increasing reports of violence and threats against Muslims, Arab...

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