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Linda Tirado @KillerMartinis
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This year’s Day Of Patriotic Fervor is weirder than usual. All these people who we know for a fact are happily undermining what little stability we have left posting near-religious screeds and eulogies is weird to see.
Completely expected of course; nobody with political ambition in America can fail to participate in this ritual creation of another foundational myth, by which I mean “9/11 changed everything” or “they hate us for our freedom” even if they see through it
But even on the most shameless day of the year in a particularly brazen era, it’s just...weird. Like you still expect that every human has some shred of dignity and they just *don’t* somehow
FWIW, since I have a few younger followers, most of what you see about 9/11 is utter revisionism. It’s true that basically everybody was glued to TV. It’s true that people in major cities were afraid they’d be next. It’s true that nobody knew what the fuck was happening.
What is not true is the memory that Americans broadly, faced with horror and blood, reacted in any way that was altruistic and heartwarming. There were of course human moments, people donating blood and raising funds and putting up flags.
In much of the country there was instead an immediate racist backlash. Like from minute one. It was horrifying and obvious and people said things like “you can’t be too careful” and beat up Sikhs because they couldn’t be bothered to even know who they suddenly had license to hate
And of course on day one you heard people insisting that we would not take this lying down, that we would find the fuckers and bomb the living shit out of them. I was in Mountain time on 9/11 and by noon three people had told me something along those lines.
We didn’t know anything - whether it was over, whether it would happen again tomorrow, why this was happening exactly - and people were saying we never should have left Iraq to begin with. That is what it was like on 9/11 for many of us who did not live on the East Coast.
What became immediately clear in the aftermath is that the country had simply broken. We had collectively lost our motherfucking minds. If you’re young enough you don’t remember 9/11 clearly, you will have grown up with permanent war.

The time between 9/11 and invasion was bad.
Perhaps all the pomp feels off to me because we’re reliving that just-after period where you can feel the history in the air and it’s not going to end well, and how can you just post your good wishes and ignore that?
The Patriot Act was passed ion October 26. I was 19 and watching the adults absolutely melt down in front of me. It was a matter of weeks while we argued about things like “should librarians give records of suspicious reading habits to the feds”
(The librarians, to their credit, were appalled anyone would ask them)
Anyway this is why Millennials are so completely done. We’re watching the same people who utterly lost the plot after 9/11 do it again now - and I mean the EXACT. SAME. PEOPLE.

But they’re posting their polite in memoriams, having learned nothing in nearly two decades.
None of this changes how bad that day was for millions of people. Their grief and that pain deserve better than this performative ritual nonsense is all.
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