The impact of 9/11 scarred America like nothing before. It morphed the cityscape of New York City, it ripped families apart and it stole our sense of security. It also rejuvenated our national pride, but at the same time it scared us.
That day scared us because we didn’t know what was going on. We had never experienced that level of confusion, uncertainty and terror. We didn’t even know what happened, much less who did it, how and why.
Now we know that the terrorists were Islamic extremists. It’s very difficult to break the link between an entire group and certain individuals within it who violated our country. Difficult but necessary.
Ignorance breeds fear, which, looking at history, apparently can erupt into violence. Asinine stereotypes turn people into “us” and “them” and ignore individuals. We can’t villainize an entire group of people based on the actions of a few, no matter how heinous.
It’s easy to remain ignorant and maintain stereotypes about any group that is different from your own, but don’t succumb. Take the time to learn about people different than you; just look on our front page to get started.