9/11 anniversary: Muslims on Reddit thread tell of hostility following terrorist attack

The thread received over 6,000 comments in 24 hours

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The Independent Online

As stories from survivors and rescue teams are retold ahead of the 14th anniversary of 9/11, a moving thread on Reddit has brought voices that were previously unheard to wider attention.

The question was put to Muslims: "How much did your life change after 9/11?"

The thread has received over 6,000 comments in 24 hours, with stories emerging of suddenly-unfriendly neighbours, bullying at school, and physical violence against Muslims or people believed to be Muslim.

Reddit user Ragelover97 wrote: "My friends treated my family and I differently. We stopped getting invited to events like birthday parties… This was a big deal because in my old neighbourhood when you had a birthday the entire neighbourhood was invited to celebrate with you."

Another, user AG3287, wrote: "I also lived in Staten Island at the time. My family is Hindu, not Muslim, but my best friend's mom still told him to stop hanging out with me."

Each of the following (unverified) comments is from the continuing Reddit thread: