The 9/11 terrorist attacks that devastated the United States in 2001 have had profound political, economic and social effects that still reverberate to this very day. However, most people don’t focus on the consequences that the attacks had on the social fabric of America, even though they were incredibly impactful.

US Muslims and people of color turned to Twitter to tell the stories of how their lives were changed by the 9/11 attacks. Using the #AfterSeptember11 and #After911 hashtags, they revealed the intense persecution they and their family members faced because of their religious beliefs, how they looked, and how they dressed. The following is a list of the most poignant stories. Upvote the ones you felt touched you the most, and leave a comment with your thoughts about 9/11 and its effects on the US and the world below. After you’re done reading, have a look at Bored Panda’s post about the incredibly heroic search and rescue dogs who are remembered for doing their duty at Ground Zero 18 years on.

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TheChickenEater Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Ignorance is easier than empathy obviously.

Nathalie Sjöblom Lagestam
Community Member
2 years ago

They beat up an old man just walking down the street and they have the balls to call HIM a terrorist?? Not from where I'm standing

Ale_Vidal23
Community Member
2 years ago

oh lord, please no... this is so sad

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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imagine being the type of neo-nazi skinhead holocaust denying antisemitic racist piece of trash like smash17 that you actually downvote someone for pointing out someone getting beat up isnt as sad as an entire city of men women and children being raped and tortured to death. imagine being as big of a piece of shit as smash17, the neo-nazi fucking skinhead piece of trash

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Edita Ruzickova
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2 years ago

I'm so sorry, we sadly live in world where its easier to blame whole nation rather than individuals.

Laura Pantazis
Community Member
2 years ago

Not just a whole nation, but an entire religion with 1.8 BILLION people in it.

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Mia Cardenas
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2 years ago

Intolerance will break us all

Ana Grumpy-Oldman
Community Member
2 years ago

this makes me physically sick

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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I guess for neo-nazi skinheads like Ana, they only get physically sick when they read about someone's muslim grandpa being beat up. They don't get physically sick when muslims mass-murders an entire city of Jews in Hebron in 1929, including the rape and torture of women and children. that doesn't make ana sick because she is an antisemitic neo-nazi skinhead holocaust denying piece of shit. I bet Ana worships Hitler too

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Miss Cris
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2 years ago

I'm very sorry for you and your family. And i hope the murderers were caught and jailed for hate and terrorism, too. As all those people who did damage to other people with the excuse of 9/11.

Donna Leske
Community Member
2 years ago

A lot of people have never had any family member do a dna test. My family did and the results were astounding. You can get mad, be confused, deny it, or just laugh. We're all one PEOPLE.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 years ago

I didn't hear about any average white guys getting beaten up after the Oklahoma City bombings.

Leah Woodard
Community Member
2 years ago

Meanwhile, on the 18th anniversary of the tragedy, the President of the United State made headlines by shaming Ilhan Omar for not speaking with enough reverence about what the terrorists had done, when discussing how the 9/11 attacks had been particularly painful for the Muslim community, as spiritual people AND Americans. White America has no shame.

Belle_Pandamonium
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2 years ago

This broke my heart 😥❤

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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did this break your heart too? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Hebron_massacre just wondering watch the skinhead downvote me just for bringing this up too

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Tiffany Sims
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2 years ago

People assume before even thinking, i am so sorry.

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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yeah some people just downvote users for even talking about history. like i get downvoted just for telling people about what happened in Hebron in 1929. Crazy how insane they are. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Hebron_massacre

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Tara Hall
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2 years ago

Omg, that's horrible.

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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Tara do you think this was horrible too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Hebron_massacre was it as horrible or no

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Ovi Rio
Community Member
2 years ago

beating up a grieving father.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

I remember all the hate and violence directed at random people because they were brown, regardless of their religion or circumstance. It was awful.

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
2 years ago

Disgraceful, poor man.

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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not as disgraceful as what muslims did to the jews of hebron in 1929 but i m sure you will downvote me because i brought up a piece of real history that doesnt fit your narrative https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Hebron_massacre

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Gerry Rotondo
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry to say this - but the Muslims who pulled off the attacks, the 9-11 attacks as well as many many others ( remember the WTC attack in '93, the Olympic massacre, the Achille Lauro, Pan Am Lockerbee .... do I need to go on and on ........ ?? ) The Muslims who do this crap KNOW FULL WELL there would be consequences for ALL Muslims. BUT THEY DIDN'T CARE. They wanted THEIR GOALS and IDEALS to be accomplished .... regardless of what happened to anyone else. So don't play THAT, Homey ..... Homey don't play THAT !!

Mary Reilly
Community Member
2 years ago

This did not happen....I followed 9/11 stories very carefully as my brother was killed. Please give evidence.

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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also friendly reminder that kaisu is literally a neonazi skinhead holocaust denier who downvotes jewish users in this comments section for talking about real-life genocides of jewish people carried out by muslims

Kaisu
Community Member
2 years ago

Dave, I've told you, if you want to talk about the Hebron massacre, then make a post about it and people will discuss it. But people will not discuss it in this post because it's completely irrelevant. You're only creating spam in the comments. I don't know if you're mentally disabled or something so I don't want to say anything too mean, but maybe you should consider whether people will care about what you say if you post fifty thousand spammy comments

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Dave G.
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2 years ago

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NEVER FORGET THE HEBRON MASSACRE OF 1929. YOU CAN DOWNVOTE ME ALL YOU WANT BUT YOU WILL NEVER ERASE REAL HISTORY. PEOPLE WILL FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED IN HEBRON 1929 NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU DOWNVOTE ME. YOU CANT HIDE THE TRUTH

Mary Popps
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2 years ago

You need a psychiatrist.

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Dave G.
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2 years ago

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just like the jews that were murdered by a homicidal flash mob in hebron 1929 but of course nobody wants to talk about that

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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keep the downvotes coming skinheads

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Hind_Faress Report

Kaisu
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2 years ago (edited)

People should always stand up for each other, and especially marginalised people should stick together instead of participating in on the discrimination

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rukhushana Report

Lucinda Overhoussen
Community Member
2 years ago

My heart breaks for much a needless and senseless loss. I'm so sorry you had to grow up without your mum.

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Verbal and physical abuse against Muslims was rife in the weeks, months and even years following the terrorist attacks. From bullying in schools to taunts in public, both Muslims and people of color were ‘presumed to be guilty’ for what happened. The people who thought themselves to be just as American as anyone else found themselves outcasts in a society that didn’t know how to deal with their grief and anger.

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mamaAthena75 Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

Good for you. I hope they’re still friends.

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Indian_stats Report

Shawn
Community Member
2 years ago

That's just like how if gun violence is perpetrated by a white it's a mass shooting while if the exact same act is committed by a black or Hispanic it's gang violence..

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therealbhalil Report

Kaisu
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2 years ago

That sounds horrific, children should never be punished like this

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Even though for some the memory of 9/11 fades, for others it is still as though the tragedy happened yesterday. And new information about what happened is still coming out even now. For example, according to CNN, the US Justice Department has recently stated that it will reveal the name of a person who is believed to have aided two of the 9/11 hijackers.

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Nahwalnut Report

Lucinda Overhoussen
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

That's very sad, the same happened during WWII with Adolf, the royal family changed its name to Windsor to be less German sounding and for a while German shepherds were called Shepard dogs. None of that should be important, but it matters to people.

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anuvir Report

Lucinda Overhoussen
Community Member
2 years ago

No not even the same religion. The ignorance.

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wrjones559 Report

Kaisu
Community Member
2 years ago

White people think all brown Asians are Muslim, and that Muslim is a race but its not, and ignorance like that just breed more hate

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Americans in New York honored victims of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. During the ceremony, two moments of silence were held (one for each plane that hit the World Trade Center); names of all the nearly 3,000 people who died were also read. This year was the first time that all New York schools were legally required to hold a moment of silence.

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_SJPeace_ Report

Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

This does not sound trivial at all.

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supermarina Report

Kaisu
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so heartbreaking, that kind, empathetic people like this are punished just because of their religion

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coreyblaser Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Sikhs are not Muslims. They’re Sikhs. But ignorant people, as always, tend to clump certain types of people together based on appearance. In their pea brains, wearing a turban automatically equates with being a terrorist, which is absolutely not true. Neither is the opinion that all Muslims are terrorists, which I know from experience is not true. Much of this false information is perpetuated by warmongering politicians and the mainstream media that reports on them. It needs to stop. We need to stop.

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shezumi Report

Ruth Janssen
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm really sorry. But as a German I can tell you that we have been doing that for 70 years. And none of my relatives were involved in the genocide

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Vanniivy007 Report

R L
Community Member
2 years ago

People are blinded when they are hurt, scared and angry. They don't see the good that was done. Very unfortunate, and sad- it can ruin lives.

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ariannamigNASTY Report

Maya Baggins
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm usually against violence, I'd have done the same if they badmouthed my dad

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MENALibAHS Report

Orillion
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah, yes. The old "All muslims are evil, except the ones I know." It baffles me how ofter this happens.

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jentyler124 Report

GoodWolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Who the f beats up a child???

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LilMaverickMiss Report

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
2 years ago

"Teachers never did anything".... horrendous cowards that they were. For the sake of all deities... she was a *kid*, and was deserving of protection.

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leprohonlad Report

Lilly Petit
Community Member
2 years ago

So, you should tell him that white man should be banned from world because a lot of them rapes, attack schools and kill childs, etc. This is so ridiculous.

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Pommy1122 Report

Sanne H.
Community Member
2 years ago

If it makes you feel any better, a bit of the same happened with the girl's name "Isis" recently, at least it did in The Netherlands.

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Zackaryathe1st Report

Jane Alexander
Community Member
2 years ago

In jr high I was told I would go to hell when I die for not being catholic. That was in the 1950 s, I'm still not catholic. I'm going to hell.

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Mark_Mallory Report

Whatever...
Community Member
2 years ago

In my personal experience, I've found that more black people who I worked with were the most anti-Muslim / anti-Arab. I was shocked, considering what they've experienced in life.

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harikondabolu Report

dough boi
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah just like israel didnt exist before ww2

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enchantedsonata Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 years ago

Fear can lead to hatred, that and stupidity

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mrsaturtle Report

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Teacher should’ve been reprimanded, at the very least, for that.

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BrownSugaSaraah Report

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

Alex Harris, don't be so quick posting inane comments, they make you seem very, very young and very shallow. I am absolutely certain that you can participate in a much more constructive manner and I promise you that many of us here will welcome your more sincere comments. How would it make you feel if someone threw a brick at your own grandma? I'd be mad as hell.

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milkstrology Report

Lucinda Overhoussen
Community Member
2 years ago

The fact that you'd deprive your child of a friend says everything about these "parents" before you look at all the other inherent wrongs

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LCInterests Report

Molly Universe
Community Member
2 years ago

:(

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BoozyBrownGirl Report

TheReader19
Community Member
2 years ago

Do you mean your ex -boyfriend?

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blxckfxntasy Report

Andrea Delden
Community Member
2 years ago

I read about adult Muslims being beaten and even killed after 9/11 but I didn’t think how awful this must have been for the children. Here it is 18 years later and I’m just now learning of this. To all the children who suffered from 9/11, both from parents dying in the attack and those attacked afterwards, please accept my apologies for my ignorance.

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