As we pause to reflect on the horrific and tragic events of 9/11, perhaps we as Americans should also take this time to pause and reflect on the equally horrific and tragic incidents of domestic terrorism also committed on American soil, and the consequences we have inherited from those events. If we are never to forget 9/11, and we shouldn’t, then we must also never forget domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, the American male who detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. He was responsible for the deaths of 168 Americans.
From the FBI website:
On the morning of April 19, 1995, an ex-Army soldier and security guard named Timothy McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. He was about to commit mass murder.
Inside the vehicle was a powerful bomb made out of a deadly cocktail of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals. McVeigh got out, locked the door, and headed towards his getaway car. He ignited one timed fuse, then another.
At precisely 9:02 a.m., the bomb exploded.
Within moments, the surrounding area looked like a war zone. A third of the building had been reduced to rubble, with many floors flattened like pancakes. Dozens of cars were incinerated and more than 300 nearby buildings were damaged or destroyed.
The human toll was still more devastating: 168 souls lost, including 19 children, with several hundred more injured.
It was the worst act of homegrown terrorism in the nation’s history.
We must also never forget the brutal acts of terrorist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, responsible for the lynchings, torture, harassment and murder of thousands of black Americans as well as white Americans brave enough to stand up for equal rights for all Americans. The brutality of the Klan, unlike 9/11, was not demonstrated by one act terrorism but by a long and bloody series of such acts over the course of several decades.
And finally, we must never forget the legalized acts of terrorism visited upon black slaves and Native Americans by the United States government.
Americans are right to grieve over 9/11. But we must not be selective in our grieving, otherwise we will never truly heal.
This is being cross-posted on The Black Liberal Boomer
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