cw: war, 9/11, Islamophobia
This past Sunday was the 15th anniversary of 9/11. I still remember that day clearly, although I was very young at the time. I was in first grade, and an announcement told us we would have indoor recess, even though the weather was perfectly fine outside. The teacher told us it was because there were lots of bees outside. Then another announcement later said we had early dismissal, so our parents came and picked us up.
I remember seeing the towers falling down on TV, but it seemed so far away to me. I told my parents that frozen grapes tasted delicious, and my parents told me to be quiet, they were watching the news.
It’s also crazy to think that people who are the same age as me are probably the youngest people to remember 9/11, and everyone younger probably has no memory of it. Definitely everyone currently in high school or younger either do not remember it or were born after it. And people are starting not to care.
We can’t forget 9/11 because of the victims who were killed on a normal day at work or killed while trying to rescue people in the building. We can’t forget it because it’s in the U.S.’s recent history. But also, we can’t forget it because of all the horrible things that came about as a result of 9/11.
I remember when the troops were first sent to Iraq, when I was in second grade. And then supposedly, the war ended, the teacher told us, but there were some troops being left behind to continue some work. The war wasn’t over at all. That “work” is still happening now, and has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people. And for Americans, the war is kind of like a background noise for us, something that we’ve gotten used to over the past years and don’t really pay attention to most of the time. The reality is, for the people in Iraq and Iran, it’s a daily reality they must live with.
Not to mention that Muslim Americans have been subject to racism and even violent acts, such as the woman in a hijab who was set on fire on Saturday (fortunately, she was not seriously injured, but still). And obviously this election has revealed the Islamophobia of millions of Americans.
That’s why we can’t forget 9/11. We can’t forget those who died on 9/11, but we also can’t forget those who were attacked or killed since then.
Sometimes I wonder what would happen if war could just stop.
Anyway, I’ve read some pretty good stuff in the past week because it’s my last week of free time before school starts :0 Not really looking forward to school. Anyway, here are the three stories of the week!
- “Can War Reporting Be a Feminist Project?” by Rafia Zakaria. Women journalists can go to places where men are barred — and build their careers by exposing the lives of other women. Read this, especially if you’re a journalist!
- “Look At These Photos Of Life Two Years After An ISIS Massacre.” It’s been two years since the Sinjar massacre in Iraq and the Yazidi community is still trying to move forward. These beautiful photos were taken by young women who live in a displacement camp near the city of Dohuk in northern Iraq.
- “Why the Founder of Standing Rock Sioux Camp Can’t Forget the Whitestone Massacre” by LaDonna Brave Bull Allard. “We must remember we are part of a larger story. We are still here. We are still fighting for our lives on our own land.”
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