The Bottom Rung of America’s Race Ladder

By: Jonathan K. Stubbs

“On September 11, 2001, did American Muslims become America’s newest race? This essay offers preliminary observations regarding that question. Using the word ‘race’ in America is like waving a red flag before a bull. You are likely to get a spirited response. In the context of a national calamity like the September 11, 2001 tragedy, discussing race becomes an even more delicate venture. Accordingly, to reduce prospects of confusion later, this essay begins by briefly addressing some initial concerns about even using the term ‘race.’ The essay acknowledges that race is a complex, multilayered phenomenon. In these circumstances, do not expect these comments to provide definitve insights into the nature of ‘race.’

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