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TOPIC: America's Obsession With Remembering 9/11

America's Obsession With Remembering 9/11 18 Sep 2016 13:30 #10227

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On September 11, 2016 I saw a good dose of media of 9/11 memorials and tweets about people’s experiences on this day. This was a very tragic day where New York experienced a terrorist attack by hijacked planes that crashed into the Twin Towers. America will never forget the 2,996 lives lost, and over 6,000 others that were wounded on this day. I believe it’s safe to say the tragedy of September 11, 2001 caused a shift in society, including beliefs, values, and ideals. Unfortunately, it led to the War on Terror which targeted specific communities and religions, causing an increase of islamophobia and violence against Muslims.

9/11 was a very tragic day, which can continue to be remembered; but we shouldn’t forget all other injustices and tragedies that have occurred in America before this. I came across a thread on Twitter from (@Lexual_) that consisted of American atrocities that also shouldn’t be forgotten. It included the resurgence of the KKK that was caused by the film Birth of a Nation, which led 4 million people becoming members by 1925; also, the destruction of Black Wall Street in 1921. This is completely understandable to me, because she also shared that her reason for bringing awareness to these issues is that she has constantly been told to get over the past 300 years of oppression her race has endured. It is true that Americans continue to enfocus on the crimes committed against their country, but are quick to forget the unjustifiable violations they’ve committed against other countries and races.

Another tweet I saw was of a man saying it’s a shame younger generations weren’t born when this tragedy on September 11th happened because they don’t really understand how terrible it was, and wished they could experience it. I found it odd and a little sickening that someone could wish for a whole group of people to relive this awful day and all its horrific things that occurred. This obsession with 9/11 to me shows where some of America's values and beliefs are held. This includes ideas of war for peace and targeting specific groups of people to hold accountable for terrorism. We can of course continue to remember this terrible day and all the horrible things it led to, but we should also study all of history with such scrutiny.
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America's Obsession With Remembering 9/11 18 Sep 2016 18:26 #10248

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When I was kid I never really understood why I need to learn about history. I remember asking my history teacher why I should learn stuff that has already happen. His answer is something that I still remember until this day. We learn about history in order to have a better future. By studying about things that we have learn about we get to understand things that went right and things that went wrong.

I think you're right that the focus shouldn't only be about 9/11 and that we should remember other tragic events as well.

The things I disagree with though are people trying to tell other people on what historic date is more "important"

As an American and as a human being I believe everyone has right to decide what's important for them. If they believe 9/11 has such a huge impact for them because they have personally experience it, then I believe it's their right.

That doesn't mean other dates don't mean as much but it's not unreasonable for people to be more invested on a date that has negatively impacted them personally.

When you want to educate people about historic events or anything in general. I believe the worst way to start is by telling someone that their wrong or criticize them on something they think is important. It doesn't have to be that way to shed light on other part of our history.
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America's Obsession With Remembering 9/11 01 Oct 2016 18:05 #10399

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I agree with what you thought about the tweet that you saw. I wasn't in the United state and was still 9 years old, so I barely remember the news about 9/11. I also agree with your statement that people shouldn't forget what happened that day that people who died, lost their family, and sacrificed one's life for the country. However, we don't shouldn't look back all the time and should move on not only for us but also them because what's done is done. There's nothing is going to change if people remind this incident. Not only about 9/11, also other history as well, nobody can change the past, so the would should be thinking what we can do tomorrow.
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America's Obsession With Remembering 9/11 01 Oct 2016 18:53 #10402

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Hello, Tiffany! I do think that September 11 was a tragic moment in American history, however I completely agree with you when you say that America is slightly “obsessed with remembering 9/11”. I’m not saying that it should be forgotten; but Americans spend so much time telling people of color that they should just get over the LONG TERM oppression that they were put through by America (and still go through). Xenophobia has always been an issue in the Unites States. Media and government in America have always used immigrants as a way to spread fear. I think that the events of 9/11 gave Americans an excuse to spread fear of Muslims and Islamophobia. Also, thousands of innocent lives in the United States were lost on September 11, but millions of innocent lives were lost in the Middle East up until this day. I think one of privileged America’s biggest problems is that they claim all lives are equal except for when they are the ones causing violence, destruction, and chaos in other people’s lives.
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America's Obsession With Remembering 9/11 02 Oct 2016 18:15 #10425

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Hello, I wanted to say that I do not agree with your post, but I understand and I can see how America is obsessed with 9/11 and how many important and violent episodes in history are forgotten now. I get that America has also committed crimes against other races and places around the world, and it is easily forgotten but other countries have done the same for years. I don’t get why people are always trying to find the flaws in the system, this is a country that works very good compared with the majority of countries around the world.

I know it is upsetting to see that events like the KKK resurgence and the destruction of black walk street are not as known as 9/11 but it is important to take remember that those things happened in the 1920’s and the 9/11 is “ recent”.

Another important thing to point out is that when 9/11 happened we were already immersed in the media and technology world, so the news are spread way stronger and effective than in the 1920’s. There is also more footage about 9/11 and it is fresh in our memories.
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America's Obsession With Remembering 9/11 02 Oct 2016 19:04 #10426

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I think the 'obsession' with 9/11 comes with the fact that America is still in a war in the middle east because of 9/11. We are still committed in that area of the world and may continue to be for quite some time. Is it an obsession to remember the worst terrorist attack in American history that only happened 15 years ago? I don't know. I do agree that wishing for someone to have been born early enough to experience 9/11 is weird and not right.
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