She took to Reddit to share details of the incident.
The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, that took place in 2001 is still a painful memory for most Americans. Many lost their lives and their loved ones during the airplane hijackings and suicide attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. As tragic as this event was, there was another downside. There had been an increase amongst citizens in suspicion of religious minorities. Hate crimes against Muslims soared to their highest levels since the aftermath of the terror attacks, reported The New York Times. A Reddit poster shared her story. Recently u/aitathrowaway841 took to the AITA (Am I The Asshole) thread on Reddit and asked: AITA for making fun of a girl for her dad's 9/11 death?
The original poster (OP) explained that she was a college-going student in New York state and is a Muslim. She added that she was very young when the terror attacks took place. However, there was one girl in her class whose father had passed away in the attack at the World Trade Centre, and while the OP sympathized at the loss of the girl's father, she harboured no such feelings for the girl herself. She wrote: She's extremely racist. She hates everyone who isn't white or east asian. But she especially hates Muslims due to her father's passing. So of course, we don't talk. But on September 11, the girl lost her cool because the OP wore a hijab.
She shared: She told me I should take it off out of respect for the victims and that it was the equivalent of a hat. I said no. She said that "you Muslims did this, you need to take off the hijab to show respect." The OP declined to do so which led to her classmate go on a "very long Islamophobic rant." The OP recalled her saying
"that Islam took away her father, so she wants to take away Islam," which left her confused as to what she actually meant. Her classmate continued to make comments towards her but the OP ignored her in an attempt to de-escalte the situation. However, it was when her classmate stated: "Yeah, you're not responding because you know I'm right". The OP admitted that her comment for an inexplicable reason set her off and she retorted: "No, I'm just busy texting my DAD". Hearing this, her classmate left the room in tears. The OP continued: My classmates are saying that she was in the wrong, but what I said was unnecessarily cruel. Now, I don't think I'm TA, bc she started it, all I did was finish it. So, reddit, AITA??
While everyone agreed that the alleged racist girl's story of her father's death was deeply tragic, they did not believe OP is an asshole. FatherSonAndHolyFuck wrote: Can't believe how much people are defending the racist one. So because her dad died she's entitled to be racist when she's having a bad day? No. I say NTA - she deserved it and if she does this again, I say bring up how dead her dad is again. RealisticVoice8 added: Seriously. I was in lower Manhattan during 9/11. I was a teenager. I couldn’t get home or contact my parents and I was terrified. I ended up losing people in the towers. I find this day to be extremely upsetting and it does trigger some trauma. OP is NTA. Not one bit. The people who use a tragedy to justify xenophobia and racism are the assholes, full stop. Our country is full of assholes who have led us into disastrous wars and eroded our civil rights because they used this day as a prop. They’ve done huge harm to our country and our world. That thinking can’t go unchecked. Asshole-Expert wrote: NTA The title had me mad but then I read the post. You did not make fun of her, you snapped at her in frustration at the way she was treating you. 9/11 was an awful day for all of America and it does stand to reason that today would especially hard for her since she lost her dad. That said, it doesn't mean you or anyone else should take her racist abuse today or any other day. You are not responsible for the acts of individuals who happen to share the same religion (and in this case it is a perversion of that religion anyway).
COVER IMAGE SOURCE: A visitor traces the date etched in a marble slab on the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial before the 15th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, September 11, 2016 in Shanksville, PA. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field outside Shanksville, PA with 40 passengers and 4 hijackers aboard on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)