The Post 9/11 Exclusion of Ethnic Journalists

Though American newsrooms are gradually changing, there is still a significant absence of the diversity that would reflect America's reality today. 

In this post 9/11 world, that absence has excluded the voices, knowledge and views of America's growing population of Muslims, Middle Easterners, and South Asians in particular. They, along with other minorities, have been profoundly affected since 9/11 by news and views that have characterized them in a negative way or relegated their stories to the back pages. 

As America observes the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we bring you the voices of the ethnic and minority journalists whose authentic window into their communities has been lost in the quagmire of national disaster. 

Laila Al-Arian is a Palestinian Muslim American who works as a journalist in Washington DC. Her harrowing personal story of post 9/11 trauma made national headlines. Years later, her family is still struggling for justice.

Saqib Mausoof is a Pakistani American filmmaker whose way of life in America changed course when 9/11 became synonymous with people and places that applied to hi.

Yayne Abeba is an Ethiopian American commentator and comedian. In the aftermath of 9/11, she found herself wondering why people her family considered friends were being treated like they were enemies: 

Mizgon Zahir Darby is an Afghan American journalist. Her experience of 9/11 and its aftermath has been overshadowed by the War on Terror that began with her homeland, Afghanistan. Today, she wonders how many Americans think of her as the enemy.

Rong Xiaoqing is a Chinese American journalist for Sing Tao Daily in New York City. Her coverage of the aftermath of 9/11 for Chinese Americans in New York's Chinatown shed a light on a community who had to deal with the direct impact of the towers falling.

Sabahat Ashraf is a Pakistani American blogger and activist. When 9/11 happened he tried to help. He collected old clothes for donation, made international calls on behalf of colleagues whose families were worried, and emailed friends and families with words of support. Ten years on, he wonders if America will ever be the same.

Zaineb Mohammed is an Indian American. To deal with the backlash that many Americans experienced and are still experiencing in a post 9/11 America, her family -- though proud of its heritage -- considered taking unsettling steps to hide who they were so they could feel safe.