Sept. 11, 2001: A day that, like Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor more than 70 years ago, “will live in infamy.” Each year, we remember the thousands of innocent lives claimed by the attacks on 9/11, flooding social media with posts that read “Never forget” and images of the burning World Trade Center towers. 9/11 has been ingrained into our collective psyche in ways that we might still be too close to the event to fully understand. Certain images have been adopted into the American mythos: New Yorkers emerging from clouds of debris to flee across the Brooklyn Bridge; … Continue reading The nuances of 9/11 In our fervor to remember, what do we forget?
One winter during middle school I went shopping with my mother. The reason I remember this shopping trip so vividly is this: while walking outside, I had a hood over my head because of the cold weather. I remember my mother quickly noticing my wardrobe before we entered the store and saying, “Don’t ever wear your hood up before you go into a store. I know you would never hurt a fly, but other people don’t and I never want to give anyone the opportunity to think negatively because of a hood on your head.” After that instance, I always … Continue reading The myth of one America: lessons from Ferguson