[After 9/11] Some of us learned to distrust, fear, and even hate other Americans of Middle Eastern descent, not [to] mention entire countries that have large Arab or Muslim populations.
Some of us have added that fear to the ongoing immigration issues our country faces and have concluded that we should circle the wagons against the onslaught of “people like us.”… It is sometimes said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” … I don’t know how you will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. But as for me, I want to spend part of that day catching up on the learnings I may have missed. I want to think of my attitudes toward “the other,” — however defined — and examine the ways I persistently divide the world into “us” and “them,” whether it be liberals and conservatives, whites and people of color, rich and poor, Republicans and Democrats.
… while we are celebrating the heroism of so many in the face of disaster, and remembering the lives lost on that terrible day… Perhaps there is no more fitting way to commemorate this tragic event in the life of our nation. —Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson in the Huffington Post
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