Race, Ethnicity, and Crime: Alternate Perspectives

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CHAPTER 5. RACE, ETHNICITY AND TERRORISM

OBJECTIVES
To identify the various forms of terrorism
To conduct a comparison of ethnic and racial profiling as it relates to acts of terror
To evaluate the impact of race and ethnicity on the concept of terrorism

CASE STUDY: 9/11

On September 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked in the airspace above the United States. Two of these aircrafts were flown into the towers of the New York City World Trade Center, and then three buildings collapsed; one plane hit the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the fourth plane is reported to have crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania after passengers and members of the crew attempted to retake control of their plane. Approximately 3,000 people from some 90 countries died in the September 11th attacks. The attacks were deemed acts of terrorism and the United States immediately declared a War on Terror.

This event had such an impact on the world that stock exchanges were closed for almost a week, with airlines and insurance carriers suffering the greatest financial losses. It was suggested that the suspected hijackers had links to Al-Qaeda (“the base”), a radical Islamic organization. And on March 19, 2003, a U.S.-led coalition invaded

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