Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond by Anny Bakalian, Medhi Bozorgmehr

By Anny Bakalian, Medhi Bozorgmehr

For so much americans, September eleven, 2001, symbolized the instant whilst their defense was once altered. For center jap and Muslim americans, Sep 11 additionally ushered in a backlash within the kind of hate crimes, discrimination, and a string of devastating govt projects. This ebook presents the 1st complete research of the impression of the post-9/11 occasions on center japanese and Muslim americans in addition to their prepared reaction. via fieldwork and interviews with group leaders, Anny Bakalian and Mehdi Bozorgmehr express how ethnic agencies mobilized to illustrate their dedication to the U.S. whereas protecting their rights and distancing themselves from the terrorists.

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The declaration of war led to the development of an ideology of “unhyphenated Americanism,” including the 100 Per Cent Americanism movement. THE PALMER RAIDS As World War I came to a close, Americans’ new fear became the “Red Scare,” shorthand for communism. S. senator in Atlanta, and prominent businessmen and government officials (Gerstle 2004). , where the house of A. Mitchell Palmer, the attorney general, was partially destroyed. The culprit, who died in the blast, was an Italian anarchist. ” Under the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918, Palmer and his young assistant J.

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This requires similarities in culture, such as language and religion, or certain structural conditions, such as social class, race, generation, and geographical dispersion. Yet David Lopez and Yen Espiritu argue that “structural factors, not cultural commonalties, better explain the emergence and success of panethnicity” (218). The structural factors that were instrumental in developing Asian panethnicity include (1) targeted violence, (2) outsiders’ perception that Asian ethnics are “foreigners” (Espiritu 1992; Tuan 1998), (3) racial lumping (Min 1999, 29), which is a result of the government’s classification of Asians as a minority population, and consequently (4) entitlement to affirmative action and other programs.

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