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.

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Hind_Faress Report

Kaisu
Community Member
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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Lucinda Overhoussen
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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
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2 years ago

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

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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..

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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why am i not surprised to see zain black's perfectly rational comment being rabidly downvoted by the mouth foaming negative-IQ freaks who use this site

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Nathalie Sjöblom Lagestam
Community Member
2 years ago

It's pathetic, is it not? "Christians" are more than capable to commit terrorism, it's literally 3/4 of our history if not more... and muslims can be mentally ill, just like anyone else.

Anonymoose
Community Member
2 years ago

No need to get so defensive, Natalie's on your side, does have a point and isn't being a bigot at all. She is saying that Christians/Catholics can, and have, committed an insane number of acts of terrorism (mass killings for political reasons) for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Nearly (say, 3/4?) of every mass invasion (=mass killings for political reasons) in recorded history was committed by Christians, it is literally the reason the 'Windsors' changed their surname after WWII. And she is also correct in saying that Muslims can be mentally ill, yet that is never looked into when they are investigating the reasons a Muslim staged a 'terrorist' attack/mass shooting

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Kate Evans
Community Member
2 years ago

We had a white terrorist here in nz that shot up the mosque is Christchurch. It was cold blooded terrorism. Not even close to mental illness

Mia Cardenas
Community Member
2 years ago

Things have not changed much, sadly

NevadaJo
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm a Christian but I'm not so naive to be unaware of all the violence that has ravaged the world in the name of God. I'm not an extremist. All Muslims are not extremists. Terrorism is terrorism in the name of any God.

Miss Cris
Community Member
2 years ago

This isn't fair for people with mental issues, including stress, depresion, anxiety, fears, eating disorders, etc.

Angela Hudson
Community Member
2 years ago

still true today, so sick of this stupid white supremacy cr*p

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
2 years ago

exactly, like WTF

Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
2 years ago

I see your point but the last attacks driven by white supremacists and/or referencing a God (usually the Christian god) have been treated as terrorism in the USA and I believe the one in New Zealand, too. The [declared] motives are what make them be classified one way or another

Si
Community Member
2 years ago

It depends on whether there is a political motive for the crime or not. Most mass shootings don’t have one.

Nora H.
Community Member
2 years ago

It's still terrorism

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pebs
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2 years ago

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In Italy nowadays it's quite the opposite.

Miss Cris
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2 years ago

It isn't the same in US than in Europe, but there they only know their things.

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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 ALL YOU WANT BUT YOU CANT MAKE HISTORY GO AWAY. PEOPLE WILL STILL REMEMBER THIS DAY FOREVER https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Hebron_massacre keep downvoting me you skinhead nazi pieces of shit, ill keep coming back posting this over, and over and over and over. you will never cover it up

Slune
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2 years ago

Yes, that's a historical fact. Like the Holocaust. Not deniable.

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Dave G.
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2 years ago

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#AfterHebron1929 #NeverForget

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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#AfterHebron1929 #neverforget #ThePreHolocaustHolocaust

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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That wasn't #afterSeptember11 that was actually after the Hebron massacre of 1929 but hey whatever supports your flawed narrative!

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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hey you guys remember the 1929 hebron massacre? i do because i had family members murdered in it by muslims

Dave G.
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2 years ago

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yup downvote me for having the audacity to bring up a real historic event that i actually personally had family murdered in. shows you how evil and insane bored panda users really are https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1929_Hebron_massacre make sure you downvote this too you literal nazis literally nazis

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Richard Murray
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2 years ago

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Because the muslims were tending to do it as part of ideology while the christians were just nut jobs.

Mia Cardenas
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2 years ago

May I introduce to you the "Crusades"?

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J. Zingler
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2 years ago

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When was the last time 19 christians hijacked 4 planes and brought them down killing 2977 people?

Heidi Windstam
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2 years ago

When was the last time 19 muslims hijacked a plane? Me, as a muslim, don't consider those who did that, being muslims

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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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Lucinda Overhoussen
Community Member
2 years ago

No not even the same religion. The ignorance.

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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
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2 years ago

This does not sound trivial at all.

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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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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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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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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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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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GoodWolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Who the f beats up a child???

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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