Before the attack of 9/11 back in 2001, Terrorism was never really a big issue. It was known about, but never really made the News or worried people.
If the first plane that hit the North Tower had been the only plane that day, it would not have been seen or classed as a terror attack but an accident. Once the second plane hit the South Tower, the third in the Pentagon and the discovery of the forth heading to Washington, then it became an attack.
The aftermath of the devastation not only lead to thousands of ruined lives, it also lead to the beginning of hatred. Not just hatred toward the Terrorists, but hatred toward any race and religion linked with them. On the day of the attacks, I remember hearing about 2 school children getting the bus home. The bus driver refused to take them because of the colour of their skin and visual religious beliefs. That bus driver set an example to other children that it was perfectly fine to fling abuse and reject another human being because they are seen as different.
When children got home from school and asked about what had happened in New York, parents told them what they thought and brought those children up the same way. To believe that different skin colour and religion made them ‘bad people’. This is exactly how we got to where we are now, 17 years later.
This is also where I get to my point.
Whenever anything that is seen as an attack happens, it is automatically published as a Terrorist Incident. Why? Because that is everything we believe that can be blamed on a group of people. A labelled group of people. And what I mean by labelled is coloured or religion. And for the next few months, even years, after an incident Muslims, Islam and other similar religions are verbally and even physically attacked by us. Anyone who’s skin colour even resembles that of a religion is attacked. And it is so, so wrong!
Why do we allow our children to think that it is O.K to treat people like this? Why do we think its acceptable to make passing comments on how someone else leads their innocent lives?
In the recent events of the Westminster attack in London, everyone automatically blamed a religion before there was even evidence of it being a Terror attack! It could have been a none religious man who suffered from severe mental health issues that lead him to that attack. But people are too quick to make judgement.
The day after the attack on Westminster, a photo emerged of a young woman wearing a head scarf walking among the chaos, visibly upset and on her phone. It was instantly criticized and made to appear that she didn’t care about what had just happened or that she gave a crap about the people dying around her, purely based on the colour of her skin and the fact she was wearing a head scarf. Yet no one mentioned the other people stood around, leaning against walls, taking photos using selfie sticks.
The woman emerged to comment on the horrendous harassment she had been facing online because of ONE arse hole idiot who posted a status along with the photo. She, in actual fact, had ensured that those around her did not require any help or assistance before she got on her phone, contacted her family letting them know she was safe. This was the moment that was captured.
I think its incredibly sad that hundreds of thousands even millions of people around the World are dying from lack of basic human needs and instead of attempting to get money and help to them, we are tearing chunks out of each other for the sake of a skin colour or religious belief.
The quicker we teach our future generations that everyone is equal and that the colour of skin or the religion we follow does not make us any different to anybody else.
It starts with us, and it starts now.