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LOOKING BACK AT 9/11

Tragedy unleashed wave of xenophobia

September 11, 2011

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AS I read Eric Moskowitz’s “Little noted or known, they bear scars of that day’’ (Page A1, Sept. 6) about Sept. 11, 2001, I, like others, was captivated by the personal tales of the flight attendant bound for Flight 11 who happened to call in sick, the ticket handler who unknowingly guided two hijackers to their gate, and the baggage handler of Mohamed Atta’s bags.

It is human to revisit tragedy and replay the what-ifs of that day. Caught in the reliving of that surreal day, I remember other feelings and thoughts that emerged following Sept. 11 that were not mentioned in the article, but should not be forgotten. Unfortunately, Sept. 11 unleashed a wave of xenophobia in this country directed toward people with dark hair and complexion, from Latin Americans to Middle Easterners to Indians. In the aftermath many long-cherished traditions of civil society were ignored, and the civil rights of many Americans were violated.

As we commemorate Sept. 11, 2001, we should review all things we learned from the entire tragedy, including that uncivilized and violent impulses are not unique to some stereotypical so-called bad guys, but are an ever-present danger that should be watched for in any society that values human rights.


Shiva Saboori
Andover