Posted on September 09, 2010 in Arab American Institute

September 11, 2001 will forever be remembered as the day the American spirit was tested to a greater degree than at any time since World War II.

For Arab Americans, the deep shock and anger over this national trauma and grief over lost relatives and friends were compounded by a rush by some to blame Arabs collectively for the attacks. Arabs and Muslims in this country were suddenly confronted with the double pain of mourning an attack on their country and simultaneously having to defend themselves, their families, and their stature as Americans.

But in the aftermath of that tragic day, and despite acts of misguided hatred and violence, September 11 has also reminded us of the best of the American spirit. For every story of heartache on September 11, there is a story of heroism. For every act of violence or hatred that came in the wake of the attacks, there are dozens of examples of selflessness, compassion, and kindness.

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The Difference (Address by Dr. James Zogby: October 10, 2005)




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