Essay About 9/11

September 11, 2001 is a day that went on to change the United States forever. It was the most devastating attack on US soil since Pearl Harbour, killing 2,996 people and injuring more than 6,000. Many different outcomes have arisen since the attacks; racial discrimination, tighter national security, the establishment on TSA, the effect on our economy, and even higher crude oil prices. All of these are just some of the lasting effects that 9/11 had on Americans as a whole. 

Anti-Islamic violence followed. Prior to the attacks more than half of the U.S. Muslim population has claimed living here to be more difficult for them. In 2000, there were 28 hate crimes incidents against Muslims. In 2001 that number jumped al the way up to 481, according to the FBI. Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, an American Muslim writer for the Huffington Post said, "I was afraid to go outside. If I stayed inside, I couldn’t mess up, except maybe with my words, which I policed carefully. I couldn’t speed, I couldn’t frighten anyone, I couldn’t break any law — no matter how tenuous — and therefore couldn’t be thrown in Gitmo". This just shows that both sides were affected. 

TSA was established on November 19, 2001 in response the he attacks on September 11. This changed the way we travel forever. It laid down the strict air travel rules that we all deal with today. Some of the new rules included; no liquids weighing more than 3.4 oz, you must now have an ID present with you, all baggage must now be screened (not physically searched), and all cockpit doors of flights were reenforced and must remain locked during flight. Before 9/11, 5% of the bags checked were physically searched. That number is now up to around 30%.

Crude oil prices skyrocketed after 9/11. This increased prices for consumers and businesses across the country. In 2001 a barrel of crude oil cost $21.84. 10 years later that price quadrupled to a whopping $95.73, the highest on record since 1860. 

9/11 was the worst terrorist attack ever executed on American soil. It will go down as one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the United States. It will live in infamy in the hearts of all it affected. These attacks helped shape our country into what it is today.




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