I seek not to add to the sensationalism that I feel some of the media is using to exploit the events that happened five years ago, but I dug up an email that I sent to many friends and coworkers a few days after the terrorist attacks in 2001. I had lost my sense of faith in humanity just as many others did, especially those that lost loved ones. Their grief is something I don't want to downplay, but for me personally, I felt a bit paranoid for my own safety. More importantly though, I felt as though many Americans were suddenly looked upon in completely different way by others, just because of our ethnicity or appearance. It made me want to speak out to on the behalf of these individuals. What I wrote still applies today and can be projected onto the global scale. Remember that this was written well before our military chose to invade Iraq. Here is the note...
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 11:29 AM
Subject: Don't stoop to the level of the terrorists
I am sending this message to people I know so that they can spread the word
to others to make people think before carrying out irrational acts or treating
others with unfounded feelings of hatred.
First of all, I want to express sorrow for the victims of Tuesday's events. I am still in a state of shock and wish I could do more to help those in need. I'm sure all of us would have liked for this whole tragedy to have been avoided. One thing we can all do is to help prevent further tragedies from happening. In the last week, there have been numerous incidents of Americans verbally and physically attacking other Americans of Middle-Eastern and Asian descent.
One Sikh gentleman was killed, places of worship have been bombed. This is very disconcerting and it needs to stop because it is simply wrong. It is, in essence terrorism upon our own people by our own people!
Just because somebody looks like a Muslim (as the terrorists apparently were) doesn't mean she/he is one. But more importantly, just because a person is Muslim does not mean she/he shares in any of the sentiment and ill-will that the terrorists had towards the United States. The Muslims that we interact with daily are our neighbors, friends, and co-workers. They are not our enemies just because they share a common cultural background with some extremely radical, evil people. Remember that Jeffrey Daumer and Hitler were individuals who happened to be raised Christian and did horrible things. Does this make it right for others to seek vengeance on any Christian just for sharing a common background? Of course not. Don't stoop to the terrorist level of inhumanity. This is a time to stick together and support each other. We are all hurting. We do not need to add to the pain.