The 10th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks is burned in our memories. WEKU reporter Ron Smith says the occasion is meaningful on several levels to a Richmond man. Many Americans shared Mustapha Jourdini’s initial reaction to the events of 9-11. “Aaaaahhh…it’s, it’s very depressing actually, since I heard the news, I’m psychologically depressed,” recalled Jourdini. At the time of that September 12th, 2001 interview, Jourdini was a 24 year-old Eastern Kentucky University student. Today he’s academic advisor in EKU’s Honors program. Jourdini, who’s a native of Morocco, was not only saddened by the loss of life that day.
As a Muslim, he was aware of the backlash of anger against people of his faith. Despite countless awareness programs over the years, Jourdini fears 9-11’s tenth anniversary will bring more retaliation against Muslims.
“You would expect with all these programs, these educational programs that Islamophobia would decrease, but on the contrary, polls after polls have shown that more that 50 percent of Americans continue to believe that Muslims pose a danger to America and are not to be trusted,” said Jourdini.
On the other hand, Jourdini is heartened many Muslim-Americans over the past decade did not hide themselves.
“Muslims are coming out, they do want to be part and parcel of the American society because they are part of the fabric of American society, so they are engaged, and that is also gratifying and that makes me feel better,” said Jourdini.