I found AL Qaeda’s Outsize Shadow by Scott Shane very powerful to me because it made me look at 9/11 from Al Qaeda’s point of view and other muslims. I was really intrigued by this article because not only did it look at 9/11 but also other terrorists attacks from the Al Qaeda. 9/11 was a terrible attack that occurred but it also help strengthen our security and keep us alert. “Many Americans feared that the Sept. 11 attacks were only the beginning.” 9/11 was the first attack on American soil in a long time so it really had a lot of people scared but it also created the hatred towards the middle east to increase even though a lot of terrorists attacks on American soil aren’t done by Jihadist groups. “For an American, the chance each year of being killed by a terrorist of any ideology anywhere in the world is vanishingly small,” according to John Mueller, a political scientist at Ohio State. The hatred toward Muslims makes me upset because these are good people who are being discriminated because of some idiots that they have zero connection with them other than both sharing the same religion. I know many people who are Muslim and everyday they wake up scared what might happen to them if they say something wrong to the wrong person or just wearing a hijab. Most of them came to America to escape persecution but now they’re being persecuted even more in America, “Land of the Free.” I understand how 9/11 effected many people but don’t hate the people who are innocent and just came to America to experience the American dream. I’m not saying that we need to ignore the extremist because they are the one’s that like causing turmoil and need to be eliminated. I really hope for a change of heart when it comes to the innocent Muslims.
Boxing is a great example of American Culture because it can connect people of races which is what American culture is all about. Whats’s more American than spending my Saturday night watching a boxing match between an Conor Mcgregor, Irish man and Floyd Mayweather, African American in Las Vegas. Even though I tried not to think of the fight as a racial fight others were quick to jump to that especially when people were telling Conor to “beat that N word” Boxing has been linked to racial issues since the beginning particularly when the Great, Muhammad Ali to a stand against racial injustices. People like Muhammad Ali and other who fought for racial injustice would have been so disappointed with us especially with the events that occurred in Charlottesville this passed summer. If only we still had people like Ali to sacrifice everything change how people see racism. This boxing match showed how people of all races can come together and watch a fight but people still can’t come together and fight for actual equality like an American is suppose to do. So yes the most American thing I did this past weekend was watch a boxing match between a white man and a black man, and the black man was the winner at the end.
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