This week, to mark the 17th anniversary of September 11th, let’s pause.
The attacks on September 11, 2001 and the ensuing backlash against Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, and Arab communities represented a turning point in the lives of many people, including mine. As we mark the 17th anniversary of 9/11 this week, I’m sharing resources and reflections each day . Today, on September 11th, here is a collection of remembrances and resources related to that day, 17 years ago. Please feel free to share your own reflections, resources, and questions in the comments. For previous entries, please visit https://medium.com/@dviyer/a-perfect-storm-in-the-making-for-17-years-a-reflection-and-call-to-action-711425228a70.
Today, on the 17th anniversary of September 11th, let’s pause.
Let’s remember those who perished in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on the planes and in their offices. They were people of all backgrounds, equity traders and army sergeants, teachers and immigrant workers at Windows on the World.
Let’s be grateful for the first responders and emergency personnel who arrived on terrible scenes and did their jobs, at tremendous risk.
Let’s send our healing energy to the people who miss their loved ones every single moment.
So many of us have a 9/11 story: where we are on that day, what losses we endured personally or learned about through our networks, and what we learned about ourselves and our communities. For so many of us, 9/11 marked a watershed moment in our lives, representing a clear demarcation of “life before and life after.”
In the wake of 9/11, people dealt with a range of consequences, from mental health to loss of income to scapegoating and backlash.
• Explore “Ground One: Voices from Post-911 Chinatown” to hear personal stories of how the Chinatown community was impacted in the aftermath of 9/11, and read the testimony of Stanley Mark (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund) about the public health emergency affecting Lower Manhattan residents.
• Read about the individual and collective trauma of 9/11 in How the Pain of 9/11 Still Stays with a Generation via The Conversation.
•Watch Valarie Kaur’s Divided We Fall, SAALT’s Raising Our Voices: South Asian Americans Address Hate, Theresa Thanjan’s Whose Children Are These? and PBS News Hour’s How 9/11 Changed the Lives of Muslims.
Personal reflections, art and poetry provides some measure of solace and hope:
•Read the personal reflections, poems, and tributes in the Asian American Literary Review’s Special Issue: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11, co-edited by Rajini Srikanth and Parag Khandhar
- Read an ode to the immigrant workers at Windows on the World entitled Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100 by Martín Espada.
• American Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads — Institute for Social Policy & Understanding
• Communities on Fire report — South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
• “Go Home Terrorist”: A Report on Bullying Against Sikh American Children — Sikh Coalition
• The Islamophobic Administration by Faiza Patel and Rachel Levinson-Waldman — Brennan Center for Justice
• Targeted: 2018 Civil Rights Report — Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
• The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools — Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
• Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans 1991–2016. — Arab American Institute
We Too Sing America by Deepa Iyer
American Hate: Survivors Speak Out by Arjun Sethi
After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed, edited by Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Catherine Ellis, Stephen Drury Smith
In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Cinnamon Girls: letters found inside a cereal box by Juan Felipe Herrera
Leaders + Organizers
• Margari Aziza Hill — Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (ARC)