Some of what is happening on university campuses these days is getting harder and harder to believe. Apparently, enough time has passed since the horrendous, unforgettable acts of Sept. 11, 2001 that many college students have little or no memory of that fateful day or the impact it had on our nation and the entire world.
Instead, to some, 9/11 is a day primarily tied to Islamophobia and racism and commemorating it violates a campus' safe space. As reported by Education Action Group, a proposal to hold an annual moment of silence on Sept. 11 was voted down 23 to 36 during a meeting of a Minnesota Student Association.
Student association director of diversity David Algadi led the opposition. He explained his position in an email.
“9/11 is often used as reasoning for Islamophobia that takes both physical and verbal forms. The passing of this resolution might make a space that is unsafe for students on campus even more unsafe. Islamophobia and racism … are alive and well. I just don’t think that we can act like something like a moment of silence for 9/11 would exist in a vacuum when worldwide, Muslim and Middle Eastern folks undergo intense acts of terrorism around the 11th of September each year, and have since 2001.”
After the attacks of 9/11, America proclaimed with a single voice that we would never forget what happened that day — the innocent lives lost, the heroes that emerged, and the coming together of our nation under a united purpose. Now, just 14 years later, we're being told: DON'T REMEMBER.
Apparently political correctness has reached the point that it's better to ignore one of the biggest events of our country's history (and one so recent that those affected still have open emotional wounds) than to risk offending the religion of those who attacked us unprovoked and killed 3,000 of our civilians, servicemembers, and emergency responders.
And this is why we should never forget.