What September 11th Means for Black Americans

15 thoughts on “What September 11th Means for Black Americans”

  1. I’m often surprised by how often my perception of things can be quickly changed by the right person pointing something out. Thank you for this post. It’s opened my eyes to a perspective I hadn’t considered.

    In truth I hate Sept. 11. It was a tragic day with even more tragic consequences. It’s a day when Facebook is flooded with memorials and commentary. Twitter is much, much worse. Filled with ignorant and comments about Islam. Every year the most hateful are the loudest. We have still so far to go in waging peace.

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    1. I’m glad to have changed your perspective a little. Good to know someone out there is listening. I hate the ignorant comments as well. I hoped to make a tiny bit of change with this post. I’m afraid it will be a long time before it changes as much as I’d like.

      Thank you again.

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  2. You make a good point that 9/11 was a terrible tragedy for many different communities. I believe that the human race has a future where racism no longer exists. Every person who stands up to be counted and clearly says racism does exist and is wrong brings that future a step closer.

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    1. I hope you are right about the future, I really do. Some days it feels like we might never get there. I agree that we all need to stand up and say “this is happening and it is wrong”! That is what I tried to do here.

      Thank you for reading.

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  3. I haven’t thought of racism and 9/11 except for the obvious one about the increased racism against anyone who could remotely be seen as Arab (regardless of where they are from, just being brown-ish). I’m having a little trouble with your clumping White American reactions together. As a white American, WA, ( :) )I haven’t seen what you are talking about (again, with the exception of brown-ish foreign types). As a WA, I have seen the economy get worse. That’s how 9/11 affected me the most, especially the years immediately afterwards, when companies restructured in very odd ways. (Like no longer using free-lance artists in advertising jobs, moving everything in house… like wtf does that have to do with 9/11? But it happened.)

    As a WA I have watched the Facebooking of 9/11. Throw up a picture of a flag with “never forget” and we feel all good about ourselves. Like that’s doing something. Fifty years from now 9/11 will be as commercialized as Christmas and we’ll have all sorts of lawn decorations. (They are probably available now…)

    I think you make some great points and observations certainly worth thinking about. I would caution against such rigorous type casting of us guys, the WAs, though. You aren’t speaking my reality.

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    1. Of course I do not mean ALL White Americans, and I do not mean to say they haven’t been affected negatively as well. I only mean to say they haven’t been affected in this way. I also think they should be aware of the ways others are affected.

      I foresee a lot of 9/11 sales and cookouts in our future too.

      Thanks for reading :)

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