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I don't want to take away from the people who lost their lives in a terrorist attack, but they can't accept the violence done in their name.

We have a long history of terrorists, not "foreign born" but domestic terrorism. From (arguably) the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794 to Nathan Bedford Forrest forming the most terrifying terrorist organization, the Klu Klux Klan in 1865. From Oklahoma City to the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, we have had a long history of terrorism in this country.

Would the nearly 3000 people who died on 9/11 be satisfied to know that their deaths have opened the door for hate crimes that have lead to the new KKK in America? Only this time, instead of being angry at African-Americans, they have a thing against brown people. Muslims, and Sikhs. Legal American citizens, being terrorized because of where their families came from and that they choose a different religion from a lot of the rest of this country. Even though our country was founded on fleeing religious persecution.

Our constitution is a social contract laid out for, not just how our government should protect our rights, but how we are suppose to protect each other. It gives us the right to practice whatever religion we choose. The right to a fair trial is not just so the government can't lock us up indefinitely and throw away the key, but also to prevent a lynch mob from pounding down George Zimmerman's door and stringing him up from the nearest tree.

And yet, these modern day lynchings are happening. There aren't that many statistics out there on these hate crimes that I could find. In looking for that, I came across the story of Samad Ebadi who was at a bar when he mentioned to a man he was talking to that he was a Muslim, that man, Bradley Kent Strott drew a knife and stabbed Samad. He looked Samed in the eye and said, "Muslims are the root of the problems."

No sir, Mr. Strott, it's you. It's people who attack other Americans just because some unrelated brown people flew a plane into a building. You sir, are not just a terrorist yourself, but you allowed Osama Bin Laden's legacy to live on. You sir let the terrorists win.

Lastly, let's not forget that the Bush administration's policy of rendition, where they would make someone disappear and they would end up in a black site where they would be tortured. They too are victims of 9/11. About 2 dozen people were released from Guantomino because they ended up being innocent, they too are the victims of 9/11. 

Samad Ebadi and the innocent people that the Bush administration kidnapped and tortured in our name, they too are victims of 9/11. They too deserve a monument for the injustice their lives have experienced. They too deserve a place in the 9/11 museum. Never forget. 

Never forget.


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