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.
#afterseptember11 on sep 13, my dad stopped wearing a turban, cut his hair, & shaved his beard bc he was assaulted at work by a white man
— a (@wtfanu) September 11, 2015
Imagine being 9 and wondering why your teacher decided to call on you and ask you why your faith advocates for bombings #afterseptember11
— Halima (@halimahello) September 11, 2015
#afterseptember11 someone threw a brick at my friend's grandma when she was visiting NYC. Ppl were willing to hurt an old lady. Horrible.
— Saraah ☪ (@Brown_Saraah) September 11, 2015
#AfterSeptember11 Suddenly any act of violence commited by a Muslim became terrorism meanwhile if by a Christian, it'd be mental-illness.
— Indian Stats (@Indian_stats) September 11, 2015
#afterseptember11 my parents genuinely asked my brother if he wanted to change his name bc it's Osama. He was 9
— cry baby (@nypity) September 11, 2015
#afterseptember11 i grew up without a mom because someone with a gun decided that she needed to answer for it with her life
— r (@razakumari) September 11, 2015
— ri (@clxrityy) September 10, 2015
#afterseptember11 I have been called a terrorist as a joke until after I graduated hs… Which was 3 months ago…
— YARY FERRARI (@BENGVLTIGER) September 10, 2015
#afterseptember11 watching my dad get stared and treated condescendingly in restaurants, airports, movie theaters, or any other public place
— dwight (@dwightkshruti) September 10, 2015
#afterseptember11 people would say "go blow up a tower"
— ㅤ (@UMMEZAMAN) September 10, 2015
— amirah naji (@amirahnaji) September 11, 2015
#afterseptember11 my cousin was harassed and threatened to be killed for being a Muslim at a 7/11 gas station.
— Æ (@ayne_97) September 11, 2015
#afterseptember11 I fear for my mom. Every single 9/11 for 14 years.
— zifta'ء (@PresidentOTMoon) September 11, 2015
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.