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"Heroes", 9/11, Assassinations of Melanic People and Why The "Terrorists" Won

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As the United States commemorates, and memorializes, the eighteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on U.S. soil, I am compelled, as are many, to revisit that place and time. I was a single parent of a (then) toddler whom was seated in her high-chair eating breakfast. It was early in the morning here on the West Coast; any single parent can tell you that the day starts before dawn.

In the living room was a large (large for that time) 40" television set. Confident that my child was secure in her high-chair and content at least for a few moments, I ran upstairs to grab a tie. When you are a single parent of a young child you rapidly learn to maximize such interludes. With cat-like quickness, I grabbed the tie, put it on, started the knot and headed downstairs. CNN was my drug of choice in the morning; although it makes me bilious now.

Midway down the stairs, the living room and, thusly, the television came into view. I was moving so quickly it was, literally, a fraction of a second before I hit the bottom landing. Instinctively, I looked over at my child and she was transfixed by the television. She, like her father, does not care much for television; even then it was not on more than a couple of hours a day and may not come on for several days. Therefore, I knew that it must have been interesting, so I turned to the television and there was Aaron Brown. This all took place in mere seconds, but when I look back on it, in my mind's eye, it was slow motion, surreal. I kept staring at both the television and my child. It was akin to what one's head and eyes do when watching a tennis match. Brown was reporting that a jet had hit the first tower, which was behind him in the shot. No sooner than I started to digest this, the other tower was hit. Aaron did not realize it because he was facing the camera and the towers were behind him.

In a speak that only can be executed by a toddler, my baby girl kept saying: "Daddy, what happen to da bewding?"

My phone went berserk. Two calls that were most notable for me was one from an attorney I knew and know. Upon my answering, she exclaimed: "Oh my god! Do you see this? What is happening!" She, then, started to cry. I was startled at her emotion for reasons that will become quite apparent momentarily. The other notable call was from my estranged mother, an expert in melodrama, panic and overall chaos. As was with the attorney, I was startled at her unbridled emotion; particularly with both women being black. In either case, in all cases, my response was a very matter-of-fact, monotone: "I wonder what took so long". I was neither joyous nor mortified; and certainly not surprised. In fact, I was most concerned with the impact on my toddler; wishing she had not seen that.

And so it went.

The U.S. public will be bombarded by a litany of programs, through whatever medium, and "specials". There will be the perfunctory "what have we learned in the 18 years since 9/11" genre (apparently the United States has learned nothing, but that is another article). And, my personal favorite, "9/11 A Day That Changed the World" or some such variation on a theme. That statement, how "9/11 has changed the world" was repeated over and over exponentially by every "patriot", politician, policeman, pundit, and punk in America (excuse my redundancy in terminology).

2,996 people lost their lives on 9/11, including the alleged hijackers. The mug shots of the hijackers show that they were all men "of color" (Melanicmen). Since that time, the United States has murdered hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of men, women and children in its vengeance for 9/11. With bullets, bombs, missiles and drones; all of them Melanic people. It has tortured and humiliated countless numbers of people. When will the United States bloodlust be satiated? How many deaths will be sufficient compensation?

In the aftermath of 9/11, all "first responders" became "heroes". After all, they are "keeping us safe". Unless you are twelve year old Tamir Rice, or anyone that looks like him, a Melanicperson. In fact, virtually every individual in a uniform is now a hero, even if it is a Starbuck's uniform. The "flag" became a symbol of unadulterated racism, white supremacy (that's why police love it) and was co-opted by the right wing. Although, in all fairness, that flag has symbolized white supremacy and racism to a lot of us for centuries.

9/11 "changed the world forever" a breathtaking revelation. The world is constantly changing. I mean, do you look, today, like you did when you were an eight year old? Does that tree your dad planted in the back yard when you were eight look the same today as it did then? Still got that rotary dial phone? Yet, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The "War on Terror" has, long ago, extended itself to domestication.

If You See Something, Say Something: Taking America Back!

For almost two decades, the United States has launched a campaign that amounts to a quasi-formal policy called "If you see something, say something". In light of "terror" attacks ("terror" attack meaning any violent act alleged to be committed by a non-white person that is Muslim), this campaign/mantra has become more and more prevalent. Coincidently, if not correspondingly, both political parties and their respective presidential candidates have repeatedly vowed to "take America back", or make it "great again" which explicitly infers going "back" to something.

Back to what?"

Jim Crowe?

McCarthyism?

Internment camps?

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Of course the intention was to make the U.S. seem like a "target" for "terrorists". It's a self-feeding loop they knew would result from the "War on Terror".

Endless war, requiring endless funding, was obviously the goal.

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Weird how whenever this time of the year comes around, the sad piano music and softly waving flag in the background becomes more and more common. Maybe the United States, and white people in general, should take up their own advice and just "get over it... move on". You know, the same way Black people are supposed to "just get over slavery".

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I never thought of it that way; and, I am truly getting tired of saying: "you tickle me". But you do.

As is always the case, I appreciate everyone's comments and feedback. Thanks, all.

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A few months after September 11, 2001 I stopped at our local bar to speak to a friend who worked there and an older man wearing a VFW hat came up to me and asked me if I was proud about the attack and he then called me a sandn****r. I told him no sir, you can call me a prairien****r. His quizzical expression let me know it flew right over his head.

Excellent work Rohn. There is no hope for reconciliation of the races or critical thinking from most in the USA. No hope at all.

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Really, Dana, I hesitate feeling that a resolution is not far off, but I feel it's coming, along with the failure of Democratic and Republican Parties, and closure for capitalism

and the White Race's control of the World. I see a dream taking place.

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Tangentially related to the column/Melanic People is Trump's wife's name: "Melania".

How inexplicably ironic, the cosmic poetry therein.

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A superb, eye-opening for some, piece, Rohn Kenyatta.


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Thank you, kind Sir.

Unless we move to the light of intellect, we shall perish in the darkness of stupidity; just as we have begun to and time has run out.

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#ForSure, there were no "nineteen hijackers" or "terrorists" from anywhere in the world who could have come to New York City at exactly 5:20 PM to "pull down" Building 7 in 6.5 seconds - "had to be" someone with "access" to all three Towers who "knew how to do it".

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