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"Some People Did Something"

Gabriel Perez

Posted on April 12, 2019 20:34

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A look at Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments and remembering 9/11.

It is often said that women, after going through intense and painful childbirth, forget the pain over time. For some, it doesn't take long, for others, it may take a few years, but in the end, many women feel a desire to have a second child after having their first. Logically, this shouldn't be the case, yet all over the world families grow beyond an only child status.

Turns out this 'forgetting of the pain' is not only a phenomenon of women and childbirth, but also of society at times. We Americans seem to have a knack for it actually. Not too long ago on September 11th, 2001, for example, our country was attacked by Muslim terrorists in one of the most brutal ways possible. Yet, after only a short time there was a proposal made to build a mosque at Ground Zero. This idea of building a mosque at this particular location was overwhelmingly approved by the local community at the time.

As news of the Ground Zero Mosque (as it was being called) spread, many people couldn't believe it. How in the world could it be? Didn't Americans die at the hand of radical Muslims who had attended mosques of their own? So why allow Muslims a holy site on the very land where Americans had died? It didn't make sense.

Somehow though, the pain had been forgotten.

Now, fast forward to the present. We Americans seem to have moved on even further. 9/11, although terrible, is in the past. So far in the past, in fact, that last year marked a number of historic electoral firsts that would've seemed out-of-place back in the days after the attack. A Muslim woman by the name of Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, the first minority woman from Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim women, along with Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, to be elected to Congress.

She's also the first to reduce 9/11 to its lowest form ever in a speech she recently gave at a banquet hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

She was there to discuss how terrorism has led to a rise in Islamophobia. Based on her inflammatory comment about 9/11, (which is the now famous line, 'Some people did something,') it appears she did a very poor job in calming that rise.

She's right about one thing, however, some people certainly did do something.  

2,977 victims died in the September 11 attacks. 

412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the attack.  These included:

343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department 
37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and the New Jersey Police Department 
23 police officers of the New York City Police Department
8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services
1 Patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol.

(In loving remembrance.)

Gabriel Perez

Posted on April 12, 2019 20:34

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