Today As We Remember 9/11, Let’s Remember the Muslims We Terrorized In this Country & Abroad

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Today, your timeline is sure to be flooded with statuses and posts encouraging you and the rest of the world to remember 9/11. American flags will wave in the background. We will salute those who helped save lives on that tragic day in September, 14 years ago, today. You are sure to see people imploring us to “never forget” what “they” did to us. How they broke us. How they terrorized us. We’ll be asked to mourn the loss of thousands of Americans who could have never dreamed that their lives would end the way it did. We’ll even be asked to be angry. And we will be. We’ll lash out. We will mourn. That’s human nature. But what we won’t do is shed one single tear for the hundreds of thousands of Muslims we’ve terrorized right here on American soil. As a matter of fact, I don’t think we EVER acknowledge the role WE played in the aftermath of 9/11. Are Muslims not Americans, too?

While like countless others, 9/11 is a triggering day for me, given the current climate in this country, I can’t help but think about the other side of the story.

We’ve commercialized this day to the point that it’s become almost unbearable. This is the sort of national remembrance that reinforces blind patriotism; the idea that WE could do no wrong. But deep down inside, we know that’s far from the truth.

Because after 9/11, scores of brown people were terrorized, marginalized, subjugated by us…Americans. And they continue to be. And that simply is not OK. Yesterday and today, those people are sharing their stories with the powerful hashtag, #afterseptember11. What you’ll see will be heartbreaking.

https://twitter.com/wxmxo/status/642107287201406976

https://twitter.com/zamzam_papi/status/642299793663000576

https://twitter.com/ReyezKhan96/status/642130232925929476

https://twitter.com/iranikanjari/status/642104891796656128

https://twitter.com/iranikanjari/status/642110868679880704

After reading these posts, I was ashamed. At our behavior as a whole. I’m ashamed that this is still happening 14 years later. So today, I hope that we not only remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks, but I hope that we also remember the people we’ve shunned, we’ve killed, we’ve hurt, all in the name of our God, and the U.S.A. May all of the victims rest in paradise.

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2 thoughts on “Today As We Remember 9/11, Let’s Remember the Muslims We Terrorized In this Country & Abroad

  1. THANK YOU!!! I just don’t feel the same about September 11th as I used to. Maybe if our country hadn’t become a less tolerant more hateful place I would. But as the years go on and the racism gets worse, it’s hard for me to look at 9/11 with as much mourning.

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