This post is a reminder of what it was like in 2012. That a simple acknowledgement of the actual victims, and the complexity and nuance of those we lost will rankle the feathers of a few trolls on Facebook who decided to show up in the comment section of this thoughtful post to decry how much they hated it, and ‘the gays’ for making everything ‘political.’
No doubt these are the same ones who showed up to protest & politicize a Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan. The same ones who will use the memory of September 11th to commit further atrocities in the name of ‘vengeance’ not the memories of those lost. Many people are willfully ignorant of the many and various people who were killed on that day. How much like America they were, diverse and representative of our complexity.
In the light of the Orlando Massacre it is very worthwhile to revisit my comments then:
There is nothing more important than finding out about the other survivors and those they lost, in fact—unless you lost someone there that day —your right to criticize this post or to find it offensive is basically irrelevant. It is not YOUR memorial. I applaud them for posting this brave photograph to remind us of the diversity in the people we lost that day, and reflecting exactly the values we as Americans share that disturb our enemies. The memorial may educate the world but its primary goal is to be a place for us survivors & the first-responders to go and remember what was lost that day and to honor ALL of their memories. The families of this child deserve as much respect and attention as anyone else and I hope when they scroll through these comments that find that most of the comments reflect their grief, compassion and an understanding only possible here. That they realize the negative ones are the consequence of people who really don’t understand what the fundamentals of Christianity, of being an American, or what this ultimate sacrifice means in the face of a world that 10 years on can criticize so vociferously something they can’t comprehend. If you have a problem, email the foundation that runs it…and please leave the comments to those more mature and respectful.
(below is a response to a vulgar comment that was removed)
Freedom of speech Taylor is about being able to post something like this, it is about the right of a minority that you don’t agree with (your case in particular) to say something you don’t believe in — and not be persecuted for it. There is no way you can feel persecuted by the inclusion, and as I said —to those of us who lost loved ones there — you are basically being just like Westboro Baptist Church picketing our servicemen’s funerals. You clearly have not been to the museum or know nothing of its mission; it is to remember ALL who died there, which means focusing at times on the Muslim, Jewish, and yes Gay families that were lost that day. As I said previously — it is NOT about what YOU think it should be, that is irrelevant, you didn’t donate to it, you don’t support its mission and basically you are just here to heap more of your scorn on to a family that has already suffered for 10 years. This is NYC & we celebrate in ways and things you may never comprehend.