My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of 9/11 as well as our soldiers, firefighters, aid workers and all those who worked tirelessly to help on this horrific day.I was only in second grade when 9/11 occurred. I have very few memories from the event. I remember seeing the planes crash into the Towers over and over again and not really understanding what was going on. I don't remember if we got out of school early or if anyone told us what was going on (I don't they did. I would have remembered that). I remember that even on the kids TV channels, all programs were interrupted to show coverage in NYC. I was mad about that. I remember suffering from information overload. I was afraid Chicago would be hit next, that my father would have to go to war because the draft would be re-instated (clearly I easily descended into paranoia at this time). The full impact of 9/11 didn't really hit me until 8th grade. For English class we read stories of 9/11, stories of heroism by people who were seemingly "ordinary." Most of my classmates started crying and I was near tears myself. Many of us didn't recall 9/11 so this was our first direct confrontation with it.
What do you remember?
As for this silly fear of all Muslims being terrorists. STOP IT. It's a ridiculous notion and people need to calm down. America is a land where we respect people's rights (it just takes us a long time to get there), we have freedom. Don't darken the name of America.
9/11 YA PoC Books
Love Is The Higher Law by David Levithain
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Borderline by Allan Stratton