Sep. 11, 2011
When I landed at Kennedy Airport as a student en route to the University of Detroit Mercy in 1970, the world's tallest buildings were rising against the New York skyline. Thirty years later, men claiming to profess my faith destroyed those American icons, along with thousands of innocent lives.
Sept. 11, 2001, became the first day of a new calendar: two wars, the passage of the Patriot Act, new terror threats followed by Homeland Security alerts, rampant profiling, and FBI counterterrorism investigations. The result: American Muslims viewed as a suspect community -- their constitutional rights violated with impunity.
More of the victimhood at "Detroit Free Press"
Victor Ghalib Begg is chairman emeritus of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan.