Unsafe school environment for immigrant children in the US post-9/11-My Name is Khan.
The 9/11 attack heavily shaped the way people viewed the Muslim population in the western world. While movies portray instances of discrimination in the US post 9/11, many of them miss out on one crucial stakeholder-the children of the immigrants. My Name is Khan is a Bollywood movie starring Shahrukh Khan (a Muslim from India) and Kajol (an Indian Hindu with US citizenship). The central conflict in the film came after Sam, khan's son, was killed because he was a Muslim. It is about the long journey that khan took to meet the US president and tell him that Muslims are not terrorists and can never be treated as enemies or rivals. The movie shows how schools became an unsafe space for immigrant children as Sam was kicked to death by his fellow white classmates just for being the child of a Muslim immigrant. The movie shows how the action was delayed, and the legal process was fairly taxing for Kajol. The main idea that this movie excellently puts forward is about the threat children face in school post 9/11 because systemic discrimination against them lets the perpetrators get away with abuse. There is no doubt that even before 9/11, immigrant children faced discrimination in schools either by their peers or teachers; however, Post 9/11, it's almost like the people in the west got a free pass to discriminate and use 9/11 as an incident to get away with their hate. Shahrukh Khan says one of the most famous dialogues, "My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist," to seek justice for his son's murder, and it depicts the story of millions of children who face discrimination and abuse daily in western schools just because of their religious and ethnic identity. My Name is Khan is an excellent example of how schools have become unsafe for immigrant children in the post 9/11 era.