#AfterSeptember11 Returns With Candid Stories of Fear, Islamophobia

By Sameer Rao Sep 12, 2016

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and as the #AfterSeptember11 hashtag makes clear, the popular remembrances of that day often uphold a message of unity in the face of adversity while ignoring a huge group of people who are ongoing victims in the aftermath of the attacks: the Muslim, Arab, South Asian and Sikh Americans who still live in fear of Islamophobic hate and violence.

As the Los Angeles Times reported last year, the hashtag—which seeks to tell many of their forgotten stories—first emerged on the 14th anniversary. "America needs to recognize that the trauma and repercussions of these attacks were not confined to the day of September 11, 2001, itself," said hashtag creator Jessica Talwar on its necessity. "Desis, Arabs and Muslims have felt the impact of this day for 14 years." 

The hashtag returned this year, with harrowing stories and messages of consolation from members of the aforementioned groups and their allies to counter the narrative perpetrated by #NeverForget and similar hashtags that erase both domestic Islamophobia and international violence against Muslims:


Even Ahmed Mohamed, the boy led away from his Texas school in handcuffs for bringing a homemade clock to school that authorities thought was a bomb, tweeted with the hashtag: