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Liberty and Justice for All Post-9/11
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Hey readers!

  So as the clock struck midnight, I was on Facebook and greeted Dickie Crayons a happy birthday, then I remembered that he told me his birthday was on September 11- I double checked the calender and I cannot believe how fast this summer went!  I started to think about 9/11. 

   That day, my heart sank and I was tearing up, not even initially considering that there were people in those buildings.  When I finally realized that people were in those buildings and those airplanes, I was bawling my eyes out with a heavy heart.  All those victims of 9/11 were someone's mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, husband, wife, etc., and their lives were devastatingly taken away in these attacks.   My heart goes to all of these people and their loved ones.
NYC and the World Trade Center before 9/11.

  Over the past 12 years, border security and airport security has been tightened to the point of paranoia.  For me, as a citizen of both Canada and the States, I had a Canadian passport and all of a sudden they "didn't recognize dual citizenship anymore", so I had to get my American passport to go to and through the States.  I thought that was an inconvenience.  That's one thing.  

  The major problem since 9/11 that I have heard one too many times was that many people, not just men, of Arab or Middle Eastern descent have been harshly mistreated by society, especially while crossing the border due to the way they look, their name, or their birthplace mentioned on their passports.  

  Liberty and justice for all?  Then try delivering that, Americans! The real terrorists are the ignorant assholes who are prejudiced towards whole cultural and religious groups just because of what a small group of people did 12 years ago.  These people suffer almost every day, at times in the most intrusive ways.  There have been numerous more terrorist attacks decades before, but after the big one, many innocent civilians have suffered-not just those who have lost loved ones on 9/11.  So yes, as an American woman raised Catholic, I do remember 9/11, especially after every single time some closed-minded excuse of a human has some ignorant, racist opinion about it.

  Before you start telling me about how "Anti-American" and insensitive I am, I'm not anti- American: I'm anti- ignorance.  In the pledge of
R.I.P. to the soldiers killed in battle in "pursuit of peace" as well.
allegiance, it states "liberty and justice for all", which I don't believe has been happening since 9/11. With all this prejudice against Muslims, Arabs, Middle Eastern people, and anyone alike,
 I'm sure Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling in his grave for the lack of equality going on in the States.  Too much discrimination.  I strongly believe pre-judging someone for the color of their skin, their ethnic background, their religion or creed, as opposed to the content of the individual's character is very anti-American.  

  I cannot believe the number of people who have voted for Obama, state they were offended by the tea baggers taking the Washington Mall on the anniversary of MLK Jr.'s speech, yet hate black people and Muslims.  I kept hearing about how the president is Muslim- but honestly- who cares?  It's a religion.  If you're going to discriminate against one religious group in its entirety because of a few members of that faith's wrongdoings, then discriminate against all the Baptists as well, since there was that small group from Westboro Baptist Church who protest at military funerals.  How about Catholics and Pope Benedict XVI who was replaced because of his demonic thoughts, or those Catholic priests who molest little boys?  Need I go on??    

Martin Luther King Jr. at the August 28, 1963 Civil Rights March.
  Let me quote Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic " I Have a Dream" speech he recited 50 years ago when he said, "In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.  Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.  We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force... I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of trials and tribulation. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you  battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering... I say to you today, my friends.  And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.  I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal'...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character... "

  Well, I have the same dream.  Isn't the right for equality amongst all citizens of America what generations before us were fighting for?  Are we as Americans really growing backwards as a nation by being hateful and prejudice?  Isn't the point of being 'in the land of the free' to gain more opportunities for our families, which we all know comes with the territory of moving into a cultural melting pot?  Are we really going to stand on American soil and go against all these peace activists hard work while spreading hatred towards strangers because we don't like the way they look?  Is that how you want your kids to grow up to be like?  Who's anti-American now?  Not this girl.

  All these hate remarks about entire ethnic and religious groups is considered bullying.  Take that hate and express it only for immoral individuals.  If we continue to carry this discrimination with us to the future generations, we will NEVER see world peace.  There are good and bad people in EVERY cultural, social, religious, ALL groups out there.  Remember that.

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Anonymous said...

Well put, clear and concise and so order for world peace we need to get rid of all the "ism"s