2001-09-15 / Editorial/Opinion

Test Of A Nation’s Courage

Test Of A Nation’s Courage

For many years, racial hatred, economic and political status, and religious bigotry have ripped the fabric of this country. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a wake up call was issued to the nation. As remnants of the World Trade Center buildings crashed to the ground, so did the barriers that have separated us for centuries. Pain and suffering has no race. A man or woman, straight or gay, has no economic or political status when they lay dying amongst a pile of bricks and mangled corpses. The rescue units did not take race into consideration as they were pulling people from the debris. They were concerned with saving lives. I’m sure even Giuliani’s hand would’ve reached out for Al Sharpton’s, if he had been one of the unfortunates. This incident will serve as a test of the courage of this nation. I have no doubt that we will pull together because we have no other alternative. This act is tantamount to a declaration of war, and if that happens, may the Creator help us all. More importantly, may we find a way to help each other.

Gary G. Toms

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