That Day, and This Day: How 9/11 is Still a Fresh Wound

I’m never sure how to react on this day, each year. I absolutely want to acknowledge the people who died that day, some heroes and some “just” victims.

But this day is a dark day not just for those deaths, but also for the tone that politics took from that day forth. The inbuilt racism in America politics went from implicit to explicit that day. The government had a chance to unite the people of this nation and instead preyed on our fear in the pursuit of power.

To this day our nation suffers from the damage done, not just to the people who lost their lives in the hijackings and towers, but to all the people residing here, and to the system that is the United States of America.

So today when I take a moment of peace, when I periodically pause and recall all that we’ve suffered from 9/11, I will remember the people we’ve lost. I’ll also mourn for the loss of civil rights and liberties, of freedoms, of instances when justice took a back seat to reactionary lashing out, to the vitriol and racism hate that has become part of the new normal.

We lost so much that day, sixteen years ago, and in many ways we haven’t even begun to address the healing that needs to happen. So much was lost that day, and our nation has continued to suffer ever since.

About Adam

Adam is a Jewish American who's sick of the white Christian male being America's "default" setting. For money he works in a public library because free books and information access are wonderful things. For love he writes here for his pet project, The Chaotic Neutral, which is always looking for more writers. You can follow him on Instagram, Goodreads, and at his oft neglected Twitter where he will try to post more, and probably live-tweet the Eurovision Song Contest.

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