One Label Does Not Fit All

One of the most important lessons I have learned in life, I hope, is that people should not be condemned by the actions of others. Just after the attack on 9/11, Arab-Americans were under suspicion because of the hijackings. President Bush had declared that we would root out terrorism not only from the United States but from the world. Many in the U. S.  were targeting those of Arab descent for blame, regardless of their loyalties. That kind of prejudice puts tears in my eyes. That same prejudice is still alive and well. A friend of mine confessed that he would complain were he getting on an airplane with single Arab men on board. I felt sympathy for him at the moment but came to realize after more thought that that is an intolerable idea. The ripple effect of the terrorism generated the best and worst in people. Donations poured in. Many of the firefighters and policemen who labored to rescue people in the ashes of the World Trade Center paid with their lives. It was the individual in this country who was challenged with making up his/her mind regarding whom to trust and whom not to trust. We must trust as we have trusted in the past, regardless of the cost. What happened to Japanese-Americans at the outset of World War II should not happen to people in America again. Our security was violated, but our bond with mankind of all races and creeds is unbroken. While our government continues to sort out its options for extirpating terrorism, we, the citizens, must recognize the worth of individual Americans, punishing only those who are dedicated to undermining the fabric of our democracy. These heinous individuals should not be recognized by their race or creed but by their deeds. It is not an easy task but must be done in order to preserve the freedoms of every American.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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