Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11. For many Americans, it was a time of reflection and remembrance, but Muslim Americans say they don’t have the luxury of taking the day to reflect. In fact, many spend 9/11 anniversaries debating whether or not they should venture out, and those who do often fight feelings of trepidation.
Yesterday, a group of protesters went to a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in the southwest suburbs and lined one side of the street while holding giant American flags, including one that said “America: Love it, live it or leave it.”
Residents say that they think the protesters came to intimidate locals with their presence. It made us wonder: What has changed in 15 years? What is it like to be Muslim in America on 9/11, especially when one of the presidential candidates is calling for an ideological test for Muslims who want to immigrate to America, if not an outright ban?
The Morning Shift talks with Hind Makki, a Chicago-based interfaith educator and activist. We also open the phones.