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Reflecting on the racism many faced post 9/11

On the 21st anniversary of 9/11, a terrorist attack that destroyed the Twin Towers in NYC and killed thousands, many people are addressing the racism Brown folks faced in the aftermath.

Many Muslim Americans, South Asian Americans, Sikh Americans and Middle Eastern Americans are mourning the lives lost on September 11, 2001. But they are also asking people to remember how the attack sparked an increase in racism and Islamophobia.

“It has been over two decades since 9/11/2001, and even 21 years later the impact is so tangible for all Muslims, South Asians, and Middle Eastern folks. ‘Never forget’ all the deaths abroad and discrimination at home that happened as a result of 9/11 and the war on ‘terror,'” one Twitter user wrote.

An author named Jenny Bhat said it was still hard for her to talk about her post 9/11 experiences as an immigrant woman.

Many politicians have acknowledged the hate and vitriol Brown people faced after 9/11. New York Congresswoman Grace Meng (Democrat) reminded Americans about the bigotry they faced.

In his remarks at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, President Joe Biden appeared to suggest that the country came together to face the rise in racism and Islamophobia.

“You know, we regained the light by reaching out to one another and finding something all too rare — a true sense of national unity,” he said.

“To me, that’s the greatest lesson of September 11.  Not that we will never again face a setback, but that in a moment of great unity we also had to face down the worst impulses, fear, violence, recrimination directed against Muslim Americans, as well as Americans of Middle Eastern and South Asian heritage.”

It is not a sentiment everyone agrees with. Many feel the unity Biden described does not include brown people.

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