Really, America?

Discussing America’s ignorance towards national tragedy

By Dylan Randolph
Editor in Chief

 

The morning of September 11, 2001 was undeniably the most tragic day in history for America; with nearly 3,000 individuals falling victim to the terrorist attacks. Fifteen years later families of the victims still spend their day mourning the lost of their loved ones. However, it seems that America has become less and less interested in remembering the victims and more involved with disrespecting the memory of the innocent lives lost.

All over the media this past Sunday, on September 11, were countless reports of professional athletes who decided to stay sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. It seems to be a trend in the National Football League (NFL) for players to sit during the national anthem to protest their “mistreatment” throughout the country. While the players, like San Francisco 49er’s backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, , do have the rights to stay sitting, it is quite tragic that they cannot put their made up prejudices aside for one day to commemorate the victims of a terrorist attack that shook our nation to it’s core, uniting all races, genders and religions. These professional athletes are supposed to be role models to children watching all over the country, and all they are teaching is that they should not respect over 3,000 families because their ego is too big for them to show compassion for one day.

Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and so on has been used for years as an outlet for free speech on major controversies all over the world. However, this year on Sept. 11 many users decided to use this outlet to voice their ridiculous opinions about the day of infamy.

“It was 15 years ago, can we move on? USA loves being the victim,” a user posted on Twitter on Sept. 11.

Yes, there is an excessive amount of posts on all sources of social media on this day as a tribute to all the families who were affected by terrorists. How can someone have the audacity to call an entire population out for being supportive of families mourning? That would be along the same lines of saying to the person who posted that disrespectful comment “Someone in your family died ten years ago. You need to stop missing them and telling everyone about it.” Normal people would not react that way because they have compassion for other people.

When the towers fell out of the skyline 15 years ago, families around the world had their lives changed forever. It takes time for a wound to heal and to this day America is still healing from the attacks that were set into action on Sept. 11, 2001. How are the families of the victims supposed to cope with all of the disrespect they see in the media demonstrated by “role models” and rude individuals. American citizens and America as a whole needs to come together on a day that affected every single person and be able to put aside their petty differences.

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