Posts Tagged ‘911’

How long will we all be Americans for THIS time?

May 2, 2011


As I see the celebrations taking place over the death of Osama bin Laden, I know tomorrow (if not already) that on both sides of the aisle, the battle for who deserves credit for his death will brew mightily. President Obama mentioned Bush in his speech. Bush said he congratulated Obama. That should be it, but we already see people outside the White House carrying Bush/Cheney signs. Maybe some have Obama signs but I don’t see them. It’s not about that! Both parties could have a president in power and this still could have happened. Let’s give Obama credit for carrying out on the promise made by the American government as we would if McCain was president. Let’s focus on the feeling we have right now and figure out how we can manifest it in our daily lives, especially as we move towards the next election. Congratulations America.

And the violence against Muslims begins (again)…

August 26, 2010

The stabbing of the cab driver because he is Muslim should be disturbing to us but based on what I am reading online, many people are just brushing this off. Others are going back to 911, the WTC bombing, etc. Look, we responded to the attackers of 911. In America, we are not supposed to take out our frustration on individuals in the street. Some are saying this isn’t a hate crime. Based on what we know so far, it is. Furthermore, we’re seeing from other videos that people who are thought to be Muslim are coming close to being attacked. Whether you agree with the mosque or not, you should agree that in this country, we should be able to find better ways to express our discontent. This taxidriver has lived here for over 25 years and said he never felt this insecure. We are doing something wrong in America right now. We don’t even have to worry about what the terrorists will do. We’re too busy figthing each other.

Ground Zero: No Muslims Allowed?

July 20, 2010

If America is going to be as good as its promise, a mosque should be built near Ground Zero. Some are even calling this a “monument to terrorism.” We cannot act as if it was only White Anglo-Saxon Protestant males who died during 911. There were Muslims, Christians, Jews, blacks, whites, males, females, Latinos, Asians, etc. In earlier times, we couldn’t have a Jewish synagogue in some places or a black church in other places. Granted it wasn’t Jews who attacked us on 911, but it wasn’t all Muslims either. Muslims are integrated in the American fabric. We let the Muslim extremists who attacked us on 911 win if we continue to demonstrate intolerance towards the Muslim community. With the current animosity towards this mosque, a mosque there would be blown up too. We can and should do better, especially if this mosque can serve as a tool to bridge cultural divides, as it professes to.