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In the Schools: Harassment and Unity

September 19, 2001

Source: Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/PressReleases/09-2001/09192001c.html

On September 19, 2001, the Department of Education issued the statement "School Officials Urged to Prevent Harassment of Muslim and Arab-American Students." U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said, "We are all committed to making sure our children across America can attend school in a safe and secure environment free from harassment and threats...Today, I call upon school officials to...

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Islamic Scholars Condemn Terror Attacks and Speak Out about Islam

September 19, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 19, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the common roots of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and aimed to dispel some misunderstandings about Islam. "'People tend to think of what's happening now --- the Taliban and bin Laden --- in terms that are purely religious,' said John Iskander, assistant professor in religious studies at Georgia State University. 'They de-politicize what's happening and focus entirely on Islam. They ask, Is Islam a violent religion?...The answer is yes and...

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Editorials Regarding Backlash, Scapegoating: (Sept 17 - October)

September 18, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/opinions/articles/0918prothero18.html

On September 18, 2001, The Arizona Republic published Steven Prothero's editorial, "Intolerance deeply rooted in ignorance of religions." It read, in part: "Times like these no doubt call for tolerance. All Americans need to be reminded that we are a nation not only of immigrants but also of religions, that Muslims and Sikhs are as welcome here as are...

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In the Aftermath: Reaching Out, Offering Assistance and Correcting Misconceptions

September 18, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On September 18, 2001, The St. Petersburg Times reported on the local Muslim community's proactive approach after the terror attacks. "Local Muslim leaders were quick to react against a backlash by expressing public support of the victims and condemnation of the terrorism. They took out full-page newspaper ads, 'A Message from Your Muslim Neighbors,' wrote editorials and showed up in full force to give blood. Sunday night, Muslim leaders invited local Christian churches to a prayer session at the Islamic school in Temple Terrace...

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Victims of the Terror Attacks Included American Muslims

September 18, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46859-2001Sep17.html

On September 18, 2001, The Washington Post reported on one of the victims of the terror attacks: "A Muslim Family in N.Y. Fears For a Son Who Loved America; 23-Year-Old Among Hundreds of That Faith Missing in Attack." The article noted that Sal, or Mohammad Salman Hamdani, is among some 700 Muslims who are thought to be missing. "But while the Hamdanis pound...

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American Sikhs Face Threats and Violence

September 18, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 18, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published the article "'Turban doesn't equal terrorism,' say area Sikhs." The article begins, "Their faiths could not be more different. Yet Sikhs, who like some Arabs wear turbans, have become the innocent victims of anti-Muslim violence following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington....'It seems the disaster let loose a special form of racism that kind of whispers in your ear that it's OK to beat up a stranger simply because he speaks with...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 18, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 18, 2001, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on letters from local school children, sent to the President, the rescuers, and to children at Al-Salam Day School, a local Muslim school that had closed due to threats. The article reported, "Riverview Gardens schools Superintendent Chris Wright told school principals that the recent terrorist acts, which have been linked to Islamic extremists, offered students a chance to learn about American values as well as about discrimination against Arab-Americans or Muslims...

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Acts of Support and Solidarity Following the Backlash

September 18, 2001

Source: Al-Hewar Web Site

http://www.alhewar.com/september_11_condolences.htm

The Al-Hewar Center is maintaining a comprehensive web site which includes statements regarding the terror attacks and the backlash that followed. As noted on the site: "America will rebuild her buildings, but the real challenge is to keep her spirit of tolerance alive." The Al-Hewar Center describes itself as "an independent forum for...

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In the U.S.: Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, South Asians Face Threats, Violence (September 17 - October)

September 18, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On September 18, 2001, The New York Times reported that "A continuing wave of attacks yesterday on Muslims, Sikhs and others who appear to be Middle Eastern brought condemnation from President Bush and murder charges against an Arizona man accused in a weekend shooting that has been deemed a hate killing." (See more extensive coverage of the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh from Arizona, below.) The article reported on ongoing threats and attacks, including an attack on an Islamic Center in a suburb of Cleveland; the incident...

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