A Day of Remembrance

Today is September 11, a tragic day in American history. I’ve seen various posts on social media relating to 9/11. But one of them kind of bothered me

“Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams”

If you don’t know, there are a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. Some feel that the U.S. government organized and carried out the terrorist attacks. The twin towers were reinforced with steel beams. In videos, they appear to be melting once the airplane crashes into them. But some people have done experiments and found that jet fuel cannot melt steel beams.

I don’t have a problem with people believing there’s more to 9/11 than what meets the eye. I sort of feel that there are discrepancies as well. I posted something about it on this blog earlier.

But we talk about those things all the time. I see Bush did 9/11 jokes practically everyday. People always talk about how jet fuel cannot melt steel beams.

How often do we discuss the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day? How often do you stop to consider why this event caused an increase in hate crimes amongst Muslims? Do you spend everyday thinking about how 9/11 altered the lives of Muslims as well as people that “look Muslim” like Indians?

Today shouldn’t be a day to discuss conspiracy theories because you can do that any day. But we don’t talk about the impact of 9/11 all the time. Just let them have their one day. One day.

Let’s have a day to rediscuss all of the hate – from Sikh men being tormented for wearing turbans to Muslim women being afraid to wear hijabs. A day to say his name again – Balbir Singh Sodhi, the first victim of a hate crime post 9/11 who was shot and killed in Arizona. A day to remind people that terrorism isn’t a religion, or a skin color, or a choice of headwear. A day to pay respect to those who aren’t here today. A day of remembrance.

That day must be today, because people aren’t going to talk about it on any other day.

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