A kid who didn't understand  

Date Submitted: 12/29/2017
Author Info: Brianne (Edmonton - Canada) 
Occupation: Administrative 
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No 
Knew someone who perished?: No 

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When 9/11 happened, I was 12 years old. I remember getting ready for school when my dad called my mom and said, "a plane hit the trade centre."

Being from Canada and being a kid, I had no idea what that meant. And then my mom plunked me in front of the TV to watch the news while she braided my hair for me. This was the first time I witnessed something so horrific. So real.

School was a quiet, tepid kind of feel that day. I remember watching the news for days after. I had never cared to watch the news but this tragedy shook me, even as a 12 year old. I'll never forget that day. As a Canadian, I know it didn't affect us as much as America. But I will never shake that day or the days (and years) that followed.  

 

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As America confronts these tragic circumstances, it is imperative that the situation is not compounded by expressions of religious or ethnic intolerance. The greatness of our nation rests on the exceptional diversity of religions, nationalities, and ethnic backgrounds which characterize its people.

Statement of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
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