September 6, 2011 by staff
Muslim Canadians, Massa Alta Gilary art class the school began buzzing with speculation that the day a student rushed to announce, “someone bombed the United States.” Amid his horror Massa had a hope that proved to no avail – that the authors would not be Muslims.
From the safety of his house, he heard the phone frantic calls to relatives of Americans who fear being seen in public. Massa’s mother tried to ban the hijab dresses her daughter back to school for fear she might face persecution.
Massa revoked his mother, but found the classroom was not returned to Toronto the same that left the September 11, 2001.
Classmates harassed him with questions about his faith, setting the stage for a pattern of behavior that would see again and again over the next decade.
“I automatically had to start to justify myself and talk about my beliefs and denounce what had happened,” said Massa.
“It was a weird thing to have to prove that he disagreed with the actions of 9.11. Who in their right mind would agree with the bombing of innocent people? It was interesting to me that all of a sudden had to convince the people that actually, no, I did not know Osama Bin Laden, who was not my leader, I did not agree with his actions. ”
Massa said he was never able to relax than the defensive over the next 10 years, and never stereotypical assumptions that took root in the days after declining 09.11.
Safa Ali was forced to the same conclusion after finding a sign of overt racism that he had never seen before the collapse of the twin towers of World Trade Center. His whole family had their passports marked for no apparent reason, he said, adding that warnings remain in place until today.
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