Lessons to be Learned on 9/11

September 11, 2013


Editorial by Gene Chavez

We all know what happened on September 11, 2001; it has been twelve years but will forever remain a part our history. It’s important to not just remember the sad day, but also the mass hysteria and ‘witch hunts’ that came after. Just like in “The Crucible,” written by Arthur Miller in 1953, a novel based on the the Salem Witch Trials in the 1600s, “witch hunts” are still happening today.

Last year around this time, two Muslim girls were targeted and attacked by a group of teenagers at Valley High School in Albuquerque. The students who attacked the girls assumed that just because they looked Middle Eastern and wore a hijab, a veil that covers the head and chest, and worn by Muslim females beyond the age of puberty, that they must be taking part in the acts of extremist group Al Qaeda. To a lot of people, this incident was okay because they all thought the same thing; they must be terrorists.

In today’s society, if you dress a certain way or act a certain way, you’re put into a category or stereotype that you don’t necessarily fit into. If a girl has short hair or doesn’t act and dress feminine, she’s automatically accused of being a lesbian. If a girl wears a hijab or if a boy wears a keffiyeh, a traditional Arab headdress fashioned from a square scarf, they’re terrorists.

The fact is, this is still happening today, and people refuse to give up the supremacy act because they think they are better than others, or they make assumptions about someone based on their appearance.

All in all, even though we’re taught not to, we still judge books based on their covers. It’s important to remember on this day, as we mourn the lives lost, that we must also remember to never let mass hysteria and witch hunts guide our thinking about another person.

The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and columnists in this section do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of The Catalyst.


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