Khan strives to lessen Muslim fear factor

Source: Yahoo News

Since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims in the United States have come under much greater scrutiny and have in many cases been harassed for no reason other than that they fit a profile.

Boxer Amir Khan is no different. Despite being an Olympic silver medalist and the holder of the World Boxing Association super lightweight world title, he’s experienced distrust in the U.S. and faced additional scrutiny in airports.

He was born in Bolton, England, but he’s a Muslim of Pakistani descent. Life in the U.S. changed dramatically for Muslims after 9/11, and even a decade later they feel the effects.

When Khan flew to Los Angeles from London last month to begin preparations for his July 23 unification bout with Zab Judah at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, he was detained at customs for an additional two hours before he was able to proceed. He said it’s been that way on his last four or five trips to the U.S.

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The picture shows Amir Khan receiving award from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Categories: Islamophobia, Sports

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