It seems impossible to find even one thing that was good because of the 9/11/2001 WTC attacks. Even saying this gives me the creeps. But one thing that was better than ever before was race relations. Did anybody thing at all about that? Or did we all come together and help each other. Did we look into each others eyes in disbelieve without even seeing the color of that person skin.
I still can see the guy who was grey with the debris that was floating around and as he poured water on his face then his skin color was noticeable and my first thought was this poor guy made it out at least. Not wow this black guy was lucky. Know I knew because of facial features that he was black, but I was so concerned about how could he have breathed with all of this stuff all over him. I wasn’t even near his race. We all felt for each other. The shock of it all actually knocked out the hate, making us color blind.
But this is what Obama, Holder, DeBlasio and Sharpton all brought back. To them it is not important that we continue the feeling of one for all and all for one. We all know what history held for blacks and jews, and yes we need to know. But I think that is like one of those nightmares you have and you really want to wake up. And similar to our short term memory on dreams, that help us forget the ugly, scary and weird dream/nightmares we have. Thats what 9/11 did. The only thing I can find good about it. On 9/11 and after did anyone think of race relations? I didn’t (not that I really did before that either).
Only when I was a kid and your in that discovery phase and you start to see National Geographic traveling the world. Its that wonderful awe that people are so similar looking yet the skin is that first big difference. White than black now mix in brown and yellow. So once we get over the difference in our palette. Other things start to stand out. The nose and eyes, wide and slit-like. And after that accents, well lets not go into that now.
So as time goes on, your into your teens and its such a mixed up world not only in relating to one another, but you have the questions, “what are you going to be when you grow up?” I’m going to grow up? I dont’ know. I’m busy looking at that girl. And why is it that the blacks group together and the whites are on the other side, the asians are across town, the Greeks are in Astoria. We seek familiarity, its easier to be able to speak your own language to others. How can you tell someone something if they don’t understand you.
If you look into someones closet, ok, mine. You will see a very poor attempt at putting the white shirts together, the black ones over there, and at one point I actually tried to setup a rainbowish look putting the reds, followed by orange, yellow, well you get the idea. It makes life easier to know where they are. So percentage wise, I’m sorry to say my closet is a mess, maybe 25% arranged. And every once in a while (getting further and further apart) I will straighten it up again.
Race relations are a lot like my closet, a lot of work. You have to try and understand their accent, figure out what the latest black handshake means, etc. Its so much easier to stay in my corner and they in theirs and hope that Al Sharpton doesn’t ring the bell and expect us to come out fighting. But who made Sharpton and the others the guy on the bell? Why isn’t that group the referrees? The people who are there to tell us, No! that isn’t fair, you can’t use brass knuckles, you cant kick, you can’t bite (Mike Tyson). *see junk yard dogs.
Now we are all grown up, adults, responsible-ish, not really wanting to be, but we are. You’re parents don’t do your laundry, you stopped asking them for money a while back, and you really start to appreciate what they have done for you, sometimes. If you were unlucky and have had parents that (maybe not from their own fault, if thats what they were taught) didn’t teach you to live with different people, then you probably will continue their racist ways. *see The Black Domino Effect
So, I ask you to relive your feelings after 9/11 and if you felt like I did, there’s hope if you don’t allow these leaders to f*ck it up for us.