As we remember the horrors of September 11, 2001, it is important to recognize a similar evangelized hate and belief in superiority once again threatens to destroy us as a nation. The difference is this time the monster is not external but internal. We have forgotten how we rallied together as one in the days after the senseless attack on New York. We have forgotten how for a brief moment we stood together as brothers and sisters and defied evil. No American was superior to another on that day or in the days that followed; all Americans drank from the same fountain.
As we remember and say a prayer for the lives lost on that tragic day, let us not forget to say a prayer for ourselves. We should not be a nation divided by conservative/liberal beliefs, religious beliefs, lifestyle beliefs, or racial beliefs; as a nation we are united by a Constitution, philosophy, and common sense and decency that says all men and women are created equal and have the right of expression and personal pursuit of happiness. In America, to believe otherwise is oppression. The destruction of the twin towers in New York is a reminder of the destructive power of hate and a warped sense of superiority. It is a reminder that we are vulnerable to such evil. Therefore, it is time we drank from the same fountain once again. It is time we tore the tags, signs, and dialogue of division from the fountain and welcomed all to drink – if not for our sake, for the sake of our children and the future of America.
A child is not born believing in superiority;
Out of fear of inferiority a child is taught,
To believe in superiority by birth right;
To believe in superiority by skin color;
To believe in superiority by religious affiliation;
To believe in the inequality of man;
To believe in equality with God; and
To disguise hate with righteousness.
May God have mercy on the teachers.
May God continue to have mercy on America, and the shining good she represents for all people.
©Jack Linton, September 11, 2016