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The Backlash in the Wake of September 11 Annu Palakunnathu Matthew exhibit Finger Print A small mark often used to identify a person An important part of the identification process as an immigrant or criminal It is a trace of a person and from it the racial identity of the individual is not recognizable Walking through Annu Palakunnathu Matthews exhibit was not only enlightening but truly provoking This certainly was a moving display of art The way she represented the people who were affected through fingerprints and pictures of their eyes gave me chills Since last September 11th I have been to ground zero three times Nearby Fulton Street is completely covered in American flags pictures and canvases for people to sign write down their thoughts and reflect As I walked through Matthews exhibit I felt as if it should certainly be shown near the sight of the World Trade Center It has so much meaning and creativity However what I enjoyed the most was that it was told from the perspective of a South Asian immigrant We are all aware that since the attacks so much has changed I know that in my mind I am much more aware I honestly never thought about terrorists attacking our country When Matthews said that she was in a train station and was walking around pacing up and down the station waiting to pick someone up she thought that people might be suspicious of her because of how she looked and her actions She questioned herself Have I become paranoid because I look different The upsetting thing is that Im sure some people did in fact perceive her as a suspicious person That is just wrong She shouldnt have to feel like
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