Zeitoun: How Americans Treats Muslims
Regardless of warnings of evacuation, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American proprietor of a portray and contracting firm in New Orleans, selected to remain when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Throughout his canoe journey journey after Katrina, Zeitoun encountered many individuals who have been trapped of their houses and in want of his assist. Risking his life to avoid wasting others, Zeitoun was falsely accused of stealing and dealing medicine due to his race. In Zeitoun, Dave Eggers portrays the view that America has in direction of Muslim individuals and the way individuals are handled unjustly merely due to how they appear.
A number of days after Katrina hit, the levees broke, leaving the trapped civilians in shock and poverty. Individuals who remained within the metropolis had little assets, inflicting many individuals to interrupt into different houses and shops to seek out no matter they will to outlive. Zeitoun sailed on his canoe across the metropolis and helped individuals who have been trapped of their houses, together with two canine that have been left behind by their house owners. He felt that he was unable to go away his enterprise as a result of he felt liable for the broken homes all through the period of the storm.
Additionally, Zeitoun felt that his dwelling was "value preventing for" (70) Zeitoun believed that by staying in New Orleans, he felt as if this chance was given to him by God to assist the individuals who have been nonetheless trapped within the metropolis. The Nationwide Guards confirmed up at Zeitoun’s home with weapons, assuming that Zeitoun and his associates have been a part of the Al Qaeda. The guards forcefully tackled them to the bottom and arrested them. The Nationwide Guards didn't inform them why they have been being arrested and brought into custody.
Zeitoun was taken to an interrogation room the place he was stripped bare and his rectum looked for imported items. They have been compelled to sleep on the bottom and couldn't contact the jail bars or there can be penalties. Zeitoun was accused of terrorist exercise, thus he and his associates have been handled inhumanly. Through the brutal remedy in jail, Zeitoun had splinters on his foot and requested for medical consideration, however his request was denied with out consideration resulting from his standing. Ultimately, his splinter received worse and he needed to carry out a medical process by reducing the splinter out himself.
The troopers and police answerable for the town after the hurricane arrested anybody who regarded remotely suspicious and even those that didn't. As an alternative of serving the general public by serving to them within the days following the hurricane, they took the civilians to the Greyhound bus station the place they distributed individuals into cages. Zeitoun and his companions have been denied their rights, together with the appropriate to make a telephone name. Understanding his constitutional rights, Zeitoun makes determined pleas to the guards to have the chance to name his spouse, Kathy, in Arizona. Nevertheless, Zeitoun is repeatedly met with solutions akin to, "Cellphone's do not work.
You guys are terrorists. You are Taliban. " (222) Based mostly on how they regarded, they have been handled as terrorists and the regulation seemingly didn't apply to them. When Zeitoun’s spouse, Kathy, finds out that he was arrested, she didn't quit preventing till he was out of jail. Kathy did the whole lot she may to get her husband out of jail. Kathy discovered a lawyer and discovered precisely the place Zeitoun was. When Kathy got here to see Zeitoun, Raleigh, Zeitoun’s lawyer advised her that it might value $75,000 to bail her husband out. The value would have been decrease if Zeitoun was not charged of being a terrorist.
Zeitoun was wrongly handled as a result of he appeared to be totally different from everybody else, resulting from his ethnicity, heritage, and beliefs. The Nationwide Safety have been afraid that Zeitoun was a terrorists that will put the nation into turmoil. The troopers and police abused their powers and handled individuals which can be totally different with brutality. Dave Eggers was attempting to point out the reader how individuals might be wrongly punished based mostly on their background, race, tradition, and religions even when they imply no hurt. Dave Egger’s ebook illustrates how individuals have a tendency to leap into conclusions and make quick assumptions of others with out attending to know them.