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 different kind of fear. I'm feeling what my 6 million fellow American Muslims are feeling - the fear that we, too, will be considered guilty in the eyes of America...I feel as though I've suddenly become the enemy of two groups - those who wish to hurt Americans, and those Americans who wish to strike back. It's a frightening corner to be in." The writer, Reshma Memon Yaqub, explained that often the entire Muslim faith is "...characterized as barbaric, as inhuman. And, my fellow Americans, I stand before you, as broken as you are, to tell you that it's not. That we are not. That we Muslims love our country as you do, and that we are bleeding and grieving alongside you."