Racism after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

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Racism is an important issue and I have always wondered why people have been racist toward anyone. Throughout history many groups of people have been discriminated against. Such groups that have been discriminated against are African American, Chinese, Arabs, and Gays. After any situation, I have always been against racist action but haven't really thought it was a big deal until the September 11th, 2001 incident.

I was in my senior year of high school, and it was just another day of boring classes. Everything was going well until my buddy came into advisement and said, "Did you see what's happening, in New York City, on the television." So around that time pretty much every room had CNN on and was watching the horrifying plane crashes. When I first saw it I had no idea that it was real; I mean I probably didn't want to believe it was really happening, but then as I seen people around school crying and others talking about being "drafted", I began to realize the truth about the terrorist attacks.

That was when I started going through some changes about what I believe in.

Up until 9/11 I was not racist toward anyone, but since then I have different feelings about Arabs. I used to feel that all people were equal regardless of race. Now when I see them it's weird to be around them, because I can't help but wonder how they could do such a thing. I know that not all Arabs are dangerous and out to start a war, but just knowing the facts of 9/11 doesn't help my opinion.

Racism in the United States has existed since the beginning of this country. It is an establishment that has significantly shaped our American society. Over the years, many non-White and...