The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is almost here, and it will also be the first NFL Sunday of the year. Though most agree it was a significant event, some people are saying the number of scheduled remembrances of Sept. 11 is excessive.
New Yorkers leaving to avoid parade of Sept. 11 tributes
In an episode of the canceled FX Network series “Rescue Me,” which was about a group of New York City firefighters, John Scurti’s character Ken Shea is invited to a “9/11 counseling” group to speak about his experiences as a 9/11 first responder. He recoils in disgust once he realizes he is in a room full of people lamenting how grief-stricken they were by an event that didn’t directly affect a single one of them besides himself.
The event was significant, but apparently some people sympathize with that television character more than their neighbors. A growing number of New Yorkers prefer to be anywhere but New York on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, according to the Daily Mail.
Who needs reminding
Not all New Yorkers want to take part in Sept. 11 commemorations. Reasons vary, but many don’t want to be reminded. The Daily Mail quotes one person as saying “I’m not saying I want to forget. I just don’t need to be reminded.”
Another person said that remembering 9/11 just “takes me back to the mass hysteria. …I don’t want to re-live it.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, one woman whose husband worked in a building behind the World Trade Center said their neighborhood was becoming “a three-ring circus” and an “intrusive reminder of that terrible day.”
Hotel reservations are down over the weekend. Some people are tired of hearing about it. Even during the 2008 presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden said in an MSNBC debate that Rudy Giuliani was only capable of saying “a noun, a verb and 9/11,” according to Huffington Post. A recent article on USA Today questions whether there is too much 9/11 anniversary media coverage.
Retailers seek profit on 9/11 anniversary
The Better Business Bureau, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, has warned people against spending too much on 9/11 memorabilia, as prices are inflated closest to the anniversary. Muslim Americans can have a more jaundiced view of the anniversary. According to another post on the Seattle P.I., American Muslims were terrified of backlash against Muslims after 9/11 and have dealt with discrimination in public. Many arrive early at airports, as “flying while Muslim” means enhanced security screenings. According to New York Daily News, hate crimes against Muslims were nonexistent in New York before the Sept. 11 attacks. In the following 100 days, there was almost one per day. In 2010, there were 16 bias attacks against Muslims in New York. Groups sometimes mistaken for Muslims, such as Sikhs, also faced “retaliation” for an event they had nothing to do with, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035558/9-11-anniversary-New-Yorkers-explain-theyre-LEAVING-city-years-on.html
Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903285704576558562891755144.html
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/10/30/biden-rudys-sentences-con_n_70509.html
USA Today: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/mentalhealth/story/2011-09-04/9-11-anniversary-news-Too-much-or-national-group-therapy/50256412/1
Seattle Post Intelligencer: http://blog.seattlepi.com/boomerconsumer/2011/09/09/bbb-value-of-9-11-anniversary-memorabilia-may-be-short-term/
New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/09/06/2011-09-06_suspicion_lingers_muslims_say_they_feel_tension_growing_stronger_as_wtc_annivers.html
Seattle Post Intelligencer: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Being-Muslim-on-9-11-anniversary-Life-is-not-2159994.php
San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/anniversary-makes-some-wary
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