Editorial: Considering 9/11, 18 years later

Volume 117 Editorial Board

On Wednesday, some members of our community gathered on Alumni Field to commemorate the lives lost and impacted by the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

As New Yorkers, the legacy of 9/11 remains present in our lives and confronting the violence and loss endured by our city is always painful.

That does not give us an excuse to turn a blind eye to the ways it has irreparably altered our lives. We are the first generation that only knows a post 9/11 world. As the day transitions into the realm of American history, the school curriculum needs to reflect our commitment to never forgetting the losses of that day and understanding the ways in which it has defined the past 18 years of the collective American psyche. Be it through our country’s longest war which only last week dominated headlines, unending waves of Islamophobia, or even just the requirement to take off shoes before getting on planes, it has irreparably altered our lives. Discussing one of our city’s hardest days is emotionally challenging. But its never-ending impact necessitates that we do.