WBEZ | September 11th http://www.wbez.org/tags/september-11th Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Learning to remember 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/learning-remember-911-102361 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP553976738876.jpg" title="The 9/11 memorial in New York City (AP Photo/Newsday, Craig Ruttle, Pool)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong>&nbsp;While locally our attention has been turned towards the teachers strike, there was another story going on in the background: the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As we put more distance between us and that horrible event in our nation&rsquo;s history, the day is finally starting to resemble other such days of remembrance. (This, of course, is from the perspective from someone who didn&rsquo;t live in New York, D.C. or Pennsylvania, nor lost a loved one that day; for those that did, 9/11 will always hold different meaning.)&nbsp;It&rsquo;s a strange transition, one our nation hasn&rsquo;t seen since Pearl Harbor; there were&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-11th-anniversary-ceremonies-911-20120911,0,5685500.story">fewer 9/11 families at the memorial</a>&nbsp;this year than ever before.&nbsp;Perhaps it&rsquo;s because the 11th anniversary doesn&#39;t mark a milestone or because the death of bin Laden takes an edge off. Or maybe we&rsquo;re finally moving forward, processing and learning from what happened rather than staying, immovable, in the past.</p><p>But as we move on, a new wave of creepiness is setting in. For example, yesterday I received an email about <a href="http://twitpic.com/ati5mq">a &ldquo;Patriot Day&rdquo; promotion</a> from FTD. After I shared this on social media, friends brought up similar examples of crass commercialism trying to profit from tragedy: <a href="http://consumerist.com/2012/09/is-this-911-casino-promotion-a-nice-tribute-or-just-tacky.html">a casino offering a $9.11 voucher</a> or the noted practice of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.regretsy.com/2011/09/07/never-forgetsy-2/">tragicrafting</a>.&rdquo; There is still a learning curve to creating the historical context of this day &mdash; but there&#39;s a line that shouldn&#39;t be crossed.&nbsp;While there are Veterans Day sales, there aren&rsquo;t any special Pearl Harbor Day mattress deals that I know of.&nbsp;NBC learned this lesson the hard way yesterday: The network was heavily criticized for&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5942303/as-other-networks-air-911-moment-of-silence-nbc-sticks-with-kris-jenner-interview-about-breast-implants">cutting away from the officially observed moment of silence</a> to interview Kris Jenner (aka Kim Kardashian&rsquo;s mother) about her new breast implants.&nbsp;So onward we stumble, fumbling around how we move forward and, to borrow the cloying phrase so often attached to the day, never forgetting.</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> The Drew Peterson saga just got weirder. Peterson <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-drew-peterson-fires-lawyer-who-opposed-savio-divorce-lawyer-as-witness-20120911,0,5205957.story?track=rss">has fired the one attorney</a>&nbsp;who fought hardest against the defense team decision that probably got him convicted. D-Pete attorney Steve Greenberg tried to convince lead attorney Joel Brodsky <em>not</em>&nbsp;to call Kathleen Savio&rsquo;s former divorce attorney as a witness. But Brodsky did so anyway, even after <em>the judge </em>warned him it was a bad idea; then in testimony, Savio&#39;s former attorney made the explosive claim that Peterson&rsquo;s now-missing fourth wife asked whether she could get more money in a divorce if she threatened to reveal Peterson&rsquo;s alleged role in Savio&rsquo;s death. So, to review: Drew Peterson fired the one attorney who seemed to know what he was doing. Because of course he did.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> With the rash of mass shootings this year (including <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-shooting-in-chicago-5-taken-to-hospital-20120823,0,2799714.story">local mass shootings</a> that <em>don&rsquo;t</em> make the national media), one from two years ago made headlines yesterday: Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama-Huntsville professor charged with killing three colleagues and wounding three others during a faculty meeting in 2010, surprised many by <a href="http://blog.al.com/breaking/2012/09/post_880.html#incart_river_default">pleading guilty to the charges</a>. The speculation is that Bishop was angered by being denied tenure in 2009. Alabama state law requires a presentation of evidence to a jury even in the event of a guilty plea, so there will be an abbreviated trial later this month. While capital murder carries the possibility of the death penalty in Alabama, Bishop&rsquo;s plea deal means she won&rsquo;t face it whenever she&rsquo;s sentenced.</p><p><strong>Recovering:</strong> Jerry &ldquo;The King&rdquo; Lawler, pro-wrestling legend and commentator, following <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/09/wrestling-legend-jerry-lawler-suffers-heart-attack-during-live-wwe-show/">a heart attack he suffered during a live episode</a>&nbsp;of the WWE&rsquo;s weekly <em>RAW</em> show. A fellow commentator had to reassure viewers that Lawler&rsquo;s heart attack wasn&rsquo;t part of the show. After receiving treatment at the arena, Lawler was taken to a nearby hospital where he&rsquo;s in stable condition. For non-wrestling fans, Lawler is probably best known for his part in the bizarre &ldquo;feud&rdquo; he had with comedian Andy Kaufman, all of which was a typical Kaufman ruse; Lawler even portrayed himself in the Kaufman biopic <em>Man On The Moon</em>.<br /><br /><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>It was a tragic, violent day for Americans overseas. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and two other State Department officials&nbsp;<a href="http://news.sky.com/story/983922/us-official-killed-in-libya-prophet-protest">were killed at the U.S. consulate</a>&nbsp;there. Meanwhile, protesters in Cairo <a href="http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/11/warning-shots-fired-as-cairo-protesters-storm-u-s-embassy-walls/?hpt=hp_t1">stormed the U.S. embassy</a>&nbsp;in Egypt.</li><li>Someone has finally taken a &ldquo;<a href="http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/09/11/pot-enforcement-bad-for-kids-childrens-alliance/">do it for the children</a>!&rdquo; approach to legalizing marijuana.</li><li>A new report says conditions on Mars <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-mars-water-20120910,0,4424250.story">probably didn&rsquo;t support microbial life</a> as scientists once previously thought.</li><li>It&rsquo;s finally here: Apple will <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5930100/apples-next-iphone-the-complete-rumor-roundup">apparently introduce</a> the latest version of the iPhone today. But unless it has a built-in <a href="http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Flux_capacitor">flux capacitor</a>, I don&rsquo;t want to hear about it.</li><li>I, for one, welcome <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/la-na-nn-south-dakota-skunks-20120911,0,6815786.story">our new skunk overlords</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>New census stats will likely show the nation <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/09/11/census-stats-likely-to-show-highest-poverty-rate-since-1965">has its highest poverty rate</a> since 1965.</li><li>A prisoner shot and injured by Elgin Police during an escape attempt <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19517755/prisoner-shot-during-escape-attempt-suing-elgin-police-for-6m">has filed a $6 million lawsuit</a> against the EPD.</li><li>Erineo &ldquo;Eddie&rdquo; Carranza, the man who owns the much-maligned Congress Theater, is the new owner of the beloved Portage Theater, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-09/portage-theater-what%E2%80%99s-eddie-102350">prompting our own Jim DeRogatis to wonder</a> exactly what Carranza has up his sleeve.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Get excited, Smashing Pumpkins fans. Billy Corgan&rsquo;s new teahouse <a href="http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2012/09/07/billy-corgan-opening-madame-zuzus-sept-13.php">opens this Friday</a>.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Sox Watch: The Tigers gained back the game they lost Monday night, <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_11_detmlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">beating the Sox 5-3</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;cutting the Pale Hose lead in the AL Central back to two games.</li><li>Michael Jordan <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/michael-jordan-completely-handed-keys-over-personnel-chief-161345865--nba.html">may have finally relinquished control</a> of personnel decisions over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats.</li><li>The Blackhawks <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19515758/blackhawks-agree-to-terms-with-defenseman-michal-rozsival">have signed</a> defenseman Michael Rozsival to a contract, <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-lockout-looms-players-owners-175645595--nhl.html">assuming there&rsquo;s even a season</a>.</li><li>Hope for the North Side? <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/13466/soler-drawing-comparisons-to-sosa">Here&rsquo;s a nice profile</a> on Cubs prospect Jorge Soler.</li><li>Even Derrick Rose is <a href="http://chicago.sbnation.com/2012/9/10/3313504/derrick-rose-chicago-teachers-strike-cps">weighing in</a> on the teachers strike but still no word from the Bulls about those <a href="http://sports.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981621939">Kevin Love trade murmurs</a>.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally</strong><br /><br />Korean popstar Psy &ndash; like LMFAO without the layer of suzzy ick &ndash; is <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/09/11/get_your_gangnam_on_this_friday_fre.php">in the States</a> for some appearances following his mega-ultra-super viral hit &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0">Gangnam Style</a>.&rdquo; And, thus, let the brilliant mash-ups begin.</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zPP5Bvtr2Dg" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/learning-remember-911-102361 Today is not 9/11; today is the day after http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/today-not-911-today-day-after-102360 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/9%3A12%20new%20york%20times.png" style="float: right; height: 299px; width: 300px; " title="The front page of the New York Times on September 12, 2001, above the fold." />There is no peg to this story except that yesterday was an anniversary. Today is just a regular day. Today is the day after a day that 11 years ago meant something. But today, we don&rsquo;t know what that something means anymore.<br /><br />&ldquo;Where were you on 9/11?&rdquo; <a href="http://mashable.com/2012/09/11/twitter-september-11/">countless news organizations tweeted yesterday</a>. &ldquo;Share your story!&rdquo; Remember with us, they asked.<br /><br />Other media groups got criticized for not remembering it enough <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/188081/nbc-msnbc-911-anniversary-broadcasts-stir-emotions-and-controversy/">or in the right way</a>, to the benefit of blogs like <em>New York</em> magazine&rsquo;s Daily Intel. They took advantage of NBC&rsquo;s choice not to observe a moment of silence yesterday morning when other news networks were doing so and instead air an interview with Kris Kardashian discussing her choice to get her breast implants replaced; Daily Intel&rsquo;s well-edited split-screen with audio of the different channels playing at the same time is, I would say, <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/09/today-show-kardashian-interview-instead-of-september-11-moment-of-silence.html">surprisingly and masterfully comical</a>.<br /><br />I don&rsquo;t necessarily blame NBC for their now-obvious gaff; it&rsquo;s hard not to notice the difference in 9/11 coverage between this year and years past. Things are drastically less September 11th-ed out. Powered by my admittedly faulty memory, I like to visualize the intensity of the coverage of 9/11 in the years since that date slowly falling like an inverted bell curve, and then peaking suddenly back up with the 10th anniversary, to fall quickly back down this year.<br /><br />&ldquo;Some anniversaries offer a natural reflection point,&rdquo; Carolyn Ryan, the metropolitan editor of the <em>New York Times</em> t<a href="http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/how-to-cover-the-11th-anniversary-of-911/">old the paper&rsquo;s new public editor</a> Margaret Sullivan Tuesday (I will remind you, in case you have forgotten, the original 9/11 was a Tuesday).<br /><br />She was referencing 2011&rsquo;s 10th anniversary. That natural reflection point that is natural only to us as humans, with our desire for nice round, even numbers that give us something to mark the meaningful passage of &nbsp;years. Given that, and the inevitable passage of time, it seems unlikely that we&rsquo;ll &ldquo;remember&rdquo; with the ferocity we have those first 10 years. I&rsquo;d posit a guess that the 10th anniversary was the most we&rsquo;ll ever hear of 9/11 again. Pearl Harbor, the death of JFK -- these things that define generations live only in the memories of those that experienced them, to be retold to others who simply cannot, and honestly don&rsquo;t want to understand the emotional intensity involved.<br /><br /><a href="https://twitter.com/Oreo/status/245537183207919616"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/9%3A11%20oreo.png" style="height: 334px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Twitter: @Oreo" /></a>Though even those who live through an event at the same time can&rsquo;t often share about it properly or correctly. There are those that are told they remember the wrong way. (<a href="http://gawker.com/5942279/the-best-911-column-ever-written-by-a-man-who-briefly-lived-in-montgomery-county-pennsylvania">There are those that tell themselves</a> that they remembered or felt the wrong way.) The companies that exploit events <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/copyranter/the-five-worst-911-exploitation-ads">for profit or goodwill</a>. The celebrities that make anniversaries less-than-serious, almost <a href="https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/245597172496736256">meaningless</a>. Videogum editor Gabe Delahyde hilariously (to those of us who appreciate the humor of a publication like <em>The Onion</em>, <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/remembering-onion-9-11-issue-everyone-thought-last-162024809.html">who famously</a> &ldquo;Onion-ized&rdquo; 9/11 coverage) spent much of today retweeting every horribly meaningless platitude that celebrities and companies <a href="https://twitter.com/Oreo/status/245537183207919616">like Oreo</a> shared <a href="https://twitter.com/gabedelahaye">about the anniversary today</a>.<br /><br />Anniversaries give us a time. They give us a space. They tell us &ldquo;it&rsquo;s okay to do this today.&rdquo; They give news organizations a structure, a peg, a reason people will read, listen, look or watch their story, no matter how <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/11/eleven-years-after-9-11-flying-is-safe-routine-and-annoying.html">potentially mundane the topic</a>. They prove how much time has passed and how little or much we have changed.<br /><br />They also prove our value to others. Relationship anniversaries, the anniversary of someone&rsquo;s death -- these things back (and sometimes subvert) our claim to feeling a certain way. The best way I can ever tell that I&rsquo;m experiencing time normally, the way humans are intended to, is when something feels both forever ago and yesterday.<br /><br />Not so many people were asking whether we&rsquo;re remembering 9/11 too much last year, the way we have this year, until we won&rsquo;t have to ask it anymore because we just won&rsquo;t be doing it. Some were tired of the stories, sure; tired of the difficulty in coming up with original and actually meaningful content.<br /><br />But that&rsquo;s because there&rsquo;s no good way to anniversary anything, except maybe by yourself. And it&rsquo;s peculiar, because perhaps today is the day we should really count as an anniversary. Today is the day I woke up in an apartment that wasn&rsquo;t mine and wandered around downtown Manhattan with my mother, looking for coffee and a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/9-11imagemap.html">copy of a historic paper</a> that would be impossible to find because everyone wanted it.<br /><br />It was beautiful out, just like September can be. No one was on the streets. It was unnatural, it was eery, it was remarkably terrible.<br /><br />A week later, I was uptown and it was like nothing had happened. Nothing had happened or was remembered except by me.<br /><br />Oh, but that&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-05/young-new-yorkers-living-chicago-reflect-bin-ladens-death-86100">my story</a>. It doesn&rsquo;t much matter, expect as a peg. On a year that counts just right.</p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/today-not-911-today-day-after-102360 My personal jihad: Defending Islam after 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-09-10/my-personal-jihad-defending-islam-after-911-91798 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/IMAG0745.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="299" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-09/American Flags.jpg" title="(Photo by Maham Khan)" width="500"></p><p><em>Editor’s Note: Maham Khan was a freshman at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine on September 11, 2001. As president of the Muslim Student Association on campus, she became part of an integral movement to educate Harper students and faculty about Islam.&nbsp; This year, to commemorate 9/11’s tenth anniversary, Harper College hosted a memorial program and invited back Maham Khan to speak about - and reflect on - the Muslim-American experience since.&nbsp; Here are her remarks:</em><br> <br> <br> Good Afternoon, Asalamo –Walaikum: Peace be unto you.<br> <br> When Harper asked me to speak a few months ago, my first thought was: do we really still need to talk about Islam on 9/11's anniversary? I thought, Americans get it; they know they can’t blame an entire religion for the actions of a few mad men. And yet, the answer to my question became clear when I chose a title for my speech. I had wanted to call it <em>10 Years and Counting: My Jihad against Ignorance</em>. But this title was met with concern by a few involved parties. They felt it was “insensitive,” so they changed it.&nbsp; I understood where they were coming from, but that's also when I realized we still have a lot to talk about – and a lot&nbsp; to understand about Islam and about jihad.<br> <br> Merriam-webster.com defines jihad:</p><p>1.&nbsp; A holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also: a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline.&nbsp; 2.&nbsp; A crusade for a principle or belief<br> <br> Perhaps I should have used the word crusade instead.&nbsp; Might have been less, well, insensitive.<br> <br> But for the record, I wasn't trying to be insensitive or controversial - especially not today. I merely wanted to point out the full context of the word jihad. You see, for the last 10 years, I and millions of other Muslims have been fighting the actual jihad that Islam prescribes for the modern day we live in. It's the jihad of self-improvement through the actions I take to better my community.&nbsp; It’s a jihad against misconceptions and hatred and injustice. It's jihad against the adulteration of my beautiful faith. Every time I stand up here to reiterate that Islam does not condone murder, destruction or suicide--I am a jihadist. And I'm fighting with my heart, words and actions standing before you today. Just like Merriam-Webster says, it is my religious duty as a Muslim to defend my faith.&nbsp; And it’s my duty to defend it, most importantly, against the perpetrators who attacked my faith – indeed, every faith - and my country on 9/11/2001.</p><p>It’s a day none of us will ever forget.<br> <br> Strangely, I remember almost everything leading up to the towers crashing. The day was absolutely beautiful, sunny with clear skies. I wore a red shirt and black pants. I had a bagel and cream cheese while driving because I was running late for my 9:20 public speaking class, right here at Harper. I ran up the stairs of Building L thinking of an excuse, because I knew my teacher would ask why I was late before marking me down a letter grade. But when I reached my classroom, everyone was crammed into the corner around the TV, fixated on the images we all wish we could forget.&nbsp; Then the hallways filled with confusion and fear. Campus security officers worked their way through the hallways informing us that there was a bomb threat.&nbsp; Then in an eerie, silent chaos we all rushed to go home to our families.<br> <br> In the weeks following 9/11, once it became clear that the villains in this story had an identity defined solely by the same religion as mine, I knew my life was going to change-and not necessarily for the better.&nbsp; I had a feeling that now people, including myself, would want to know everything about Islam. I was right.<br> <br> My friends and I brought the Muslim Student Association on campus back to life (which had been in hibernation for some time). Every Thursday we held an hour-long meeting and open discussion.&nbsp; Almost every week, dozens of non-Muslims showed up. They wanted to know what was the meaning of all this? What role did Islam play?&nbsp;</p><p>As we clarified Islam’s stance, I realized how lucky we were to be in an environment that was conducive to learning and discussion.&nbsp; My time at Harper College was truly enlightening because I learned a lot about the nature of people in the wake of tragedy. I saw the power of compassion and cooperation rise above the destruction that happened on 9/11.</p><p>Even so, the last decade has been filled with incidents of “Islamaphobia,” city-wide Quran burnings, and misleading debates over the so-called&nbsp; Ground Zero Mosque. And when I hear and see these things, I think: they're winning. The bad guys are winning. Because this is exactly what they want to happen. They want Americans to be divided, fighting against each other and against their Muslim countrymen and women, so that they can undermine our ideals of freedom and equality for all.</p><p>I am also hurt and disappointed with the conditions of the world around us. It's disappointing that while Facebook and Twitter have reminded us that the world is really very small, a great disconnect between the East and the West still remains.&nbsp; It hurts to see legally proven innocent Muslims—fathers and sons-come out of Guantanamo Bay after being tortured for years. And it hurts even more when people continue to die in the name of Islam or jihad.&nbsp; Ten years after 9/11, it's safe to say it's not easy being Muslim anywhere in the world today.</p><p>But despite this I am optimistic about the future, because&nbsp; I have so much faith in the American people. I love this country - because this country gives me the freedom to be who I am: a proud Muslim American. This country fights for my freedoms. This country is fighting a constant jihad to better the lives of its people.<br> <br> Ten years from today, I hope and pray that on 9/11’s 20th anniversary, we will look back and be relieved, celebrating a world without fear of terror. We will look back and be proud of how far we have come—how truly united we stand.&nbsp;</p><p>I believe that is the best way to honor all the lives that were lost on September 11th.</p><p>Thank you.</p><p><em>Maham Khan is a Production Assistant for WBEZ's Front and Center.</em></p></p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-09-10/my-personal-jihad-defending-islam-after-911-91798 Rev. Jesse Jackson reflects on 9/11 and its impact on his lifelong mission http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/rev-jesse-jackson-reflects-911-and-its-impact-his-lifelong-mission-91745 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/5900888900_44e3781f67_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ten years ago, terror shook American shores and left fear in its wake. The events of September 11, 2001 transformed the way people saw the world and each other. A decade later <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> explored the impact of 9/11 on communities, politics and culture. And ten years later, terrorist threats remained unburied. Thursday, news that federal officials were investigating a, “credible but unconfirmed” threat surfaced.</p><p>The Rev. Jesse Jackson established his political footing and civic principles during the civil rights movement. In his long career, Jackson has tried to make this world one of equal footing. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to know whether Rev. Jackson felt the events of 9/11 changed that world – and his own mission. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> visited him at his office at the <a href="http://www.rainbowpush.org/" target="_blank">Rainbow PUSH Coalition</a> headquarters in Bronzeville, on Chicago’s South Side. He began by sharing his own memory of that day.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-09/rev-jesse-jackson-reflects-911-and-its-impact-his-lifelong-mission-91745 ‘Who’s Osama bin Laden?’: Teaching 9/11 to Muslim youth http://www.wbez.org/content/%E2%80%98who%E2%80%99s-osama-bin-laden%E2%80%99-teaching-911-muslim-youth <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/muslim-kids-3_WBEZ_Odette.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the ten years since Sept. 11, many Muslim Americans feel they’ve had to deal with rising discrimination. Those who remember 9/11 at least understand how this started. But there’s a new generation of Muslim Americans who don’t. They were too young in 2001, or they weren’t yet born. But these children aren’t too young to perceive discrimination. At least one local Islamic school is still working through how, exactly, to teach its young students about 9/11.</p><p>The tenth anniversary of 9/11 wasn’t issue number one for students at MCC Full Time Islamic School in Morton Grove this week. Instead, the first day of school was. That was Tuesday. Habeeb Quadri is the principal.</p><p>"It’s exciting, I can’t believe it, we’re back," he said to his students. "Hopefully, insha’allah, you all had a good summer, and a good Ramadan. Yes?"</p><p>About 400 kids attend grades K-8 here. So, we’re mostly talking about kids between 4 and 13 years old. You do the math: That means in 2001, the oldest kids were maybe 3 years old when the planes crashed into the twin towers. So, there’s a line that divides kids old enough to remember 9/11 from the kids that aren’t.</p><div class="inset"><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><em><span style="color:#ff0000;">"You know, we talk about the wars that are happening," she said. "Our students might say, 'Why are we still fighting in Iraq, or why are we still fighting in Afghanistan?' And that opens up the entire context of 9/11, then we do go into it."</span></em></span></p></div><p>That distinction kind of crept up on Sadiya Barkat. She teaches Social Studies and Islamic History to middle schoolers. Back in 2003 she gave students a writing assignment about 9/11. "Where were you, what were you doing, and include all the aspects of a primary source," she explained. "And so they did, and they did a great job."</p><p>It went so well that she kept assigning it every year.</p><p>"And when I continued the assignment, every year it would become more and more vague," she said. "Until the 5th or 6th year, and the kids were like well, we don’t really remember 9/11, or we’re too young to remember 9/11. And that’s when I realized this is becoming history now."</p><p>Barkat doesn’t give that assignment anymore. She realized that 9/11 is now something that has to be taught. It keeps coming up in class in other ways -- just not directly.</p><p>"You know, we talk about the wars that are happening," she said. "Our students might say, 'Why are we still fighting in Iraq, or why are we still fighting in Afghanistan?' And that opens up the entire context of 9/11, then we do go into it."</p><p>And for the most part, that’s how the MCC handles 9/11. It comes up in impromptu discussions in social studies class. Since 9/11 this Islamic school has also started explicitly teaching that extremism is wrong in religion classes.&nbsp;</p><p>But at least one parent thinks the school should do more. That’s Khawaja Rizwan Kadir.</p><p>"My concern were manifold. First, when you don’t have facts about a major event like this, I’m afraid that conspiracy theories or hearsay sets in," Kadir explained. "The other concern was if that is the case, then these kids are going to grow up in this society feeling alienated, not fully engaged."</p><p>Kadir says the whole point of Islamic schools is to give Muslim youth in America a strong sense of identity. He says they should feel confident, so they can face discrimination, and won’t be tempted by extremist ideology.</p><p>Kadir thinks Islamic schools in the U.S. are doing a pretty good job, but he worries the kids are not prepared for mainstream society when some don’t even know who Osama bin Laden is.</p><p>Kadir decided to address this issue himself. This spring he gave a presentation to MCC students. It covered a modern history of the Islamic world. It was a history, civics, and religion lesson, all rolled into 45 minutes.</p><p>At the end he took questions. A 12-year-old student made it clear just how much more work there was to do.</p><p>"He raised his hand," Kadir explained. "He said, 'How is it possible that Osama bin Laden flew those planes into the World Trade Center, got out of those burning planes, got out of the burning building in the midst of the policemen and everything, went back to Afghanistan, and then was captured and killed 10 years later?'"</p><p>Kadir says he doesn’t want to be harsh. He says after 9/11, Muslim-Americans were so busy trying to explain themselves to non-Muslims that they didn’t realize that, some day, they'd have to explain 9/11 to their own.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/%E2%80%98who%E2%80%99s-osama-bin-laden%E2%80%99-teaching-911-muslim-youth Ten years on, experts revisit their perspectives from Sept. 12, 2001 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-08/ten-years-experts-revisit-their-perspectives-sept-12-2001-91684 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/9.11.4.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Since September 11, 2001, much has changed in our world. It’s been ten years of almost continuous war, nation building and enhanced surveillance. There are new norms in justice and interrogation. And many question America’s superpower status.</p><p>Today we revisit conversations we had a decade ago in the direct aftermath of 9/11. The day after the terrorist attacks in New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., we spoke to some key experts in foreign policy about the why and what may come next.</p><p>Today, we reassemble these guests for a reflective and proactive conversation on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.</p><p><a href="http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/douglass-cassel/">Doug Cassel</a> is <em>Worldview</em> human rights commentator and professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.</p><p><a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank">Bruce Cumings</a> is chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://newamerica.net/user/90" target="_blank">Anatol Lieven</a> is a professor in the War Studies Department at King’s College London and a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation.</p><p>And <a href="http://newamerica.net/user/17" target="_blank">Steve Clemons</a> is Washington editor-at-large for <em>The Atlantic</em>. Steve was a friend and protégé of the late Chalmers Johnson, who appeared on Worldview on 9/12/2001.</p></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 16:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-08/ten-years-experts-revisit-their-perspectives-sept-12-2001-91684 Worldview 9.8.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-9811 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-08/9113.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On September 12, 2001, <em>Worldview</em> presented views from various scholars on why the terrorist attacks happened and the possible consequences for U.S. foreign policy. Ten years later, we revisit the discussion with the same scholars, play back what they said in the direct aftermath of 9/11, and hear their reflections and predictions for America’s future. We'll hear from the University of Chicago's <a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank">Bruce Cumings</a>, analyst and author <a href="http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/people/professors/lieven.aspx" target="_blank">Anatol Lieven</a>, <a href="http://newamerica.net/user/17" target="_blank">Steve Clemons</a> from <em>The Atlantic</em> and <em>Worldview</em> human rights contributor <a href="http://law.nd.edu/people/faculty-and-administration/teaching-and-research-faculty/douglass-cassel/" target="_blank">Doug Cassel</a>.</p></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-9811 Where was President Obama on September 11th, 2001? http://www.wbez.org/story/where-was-president-obama-september-11th-2001-91437 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-01/AP040722024813.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In just over a week, the country will mark ten years since the September 11th terrorist attacks. We'll be bringing you all sorts of stories and conversations related to that anniversary. Today we're going to focus on one Chicago resident: what he did that day, and how he reacted in the days that followed.</p><p>In 2001, Barack Obama was a lawyer, a professor and a state senator. We have this look at the president's 9/11 story.</p><p>As personal memories of September 11th go, President Obama's are remarkable in how unremarkable they are. Mr. Obama recounted the day as "one bright, beautiful Tuesday morning" a few years ago in an August 2007 speech captured by C-SPAN.</p><p>"I remember that I was driving to a state legislative hearing in downtown Chicago when I heard the news on my car radio, that a plane had hit the World Trade Center," he said.</p><p>Then an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama recalled he was on Lake Shore Drive. He continued to the Thompson Center, the state building in downtown Chicago, for a meeting of the policy wonky Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. Vicki Thomas is the committee's director. She and her staff rushed to the Thompson Center when they heard of the attacks.</p><p>"And on the plaza outside, we began to see members arriving, so we all kind of clustered," Thomas recalled. "They decided to cancel the meeting."</p><p>"As members arrived, we told them that that had been the decision, and everyone was sharing news, of course, about what had happened, what they had heard," Thomas said.</p><p>Thomas doesn't remember exactly who was in the group. Mr. Obama may have even arrived at the building a bit later.</p><p>"By the time I got to my meeting, the second plane had hit and we were told to evacuate," Mr. Obama said. "People gathered in the streets in Chicago, looking up at the sky and the Sears Tower, transformed from a workplace to a target."</p><p>He went next to his day job, at the law firm Miner, Barnhill and Galland.</p><p>"Back in my law office, I watched the images from New York - the plane vanishing into glass and steel, men and women clinging to window sills, then letting go. Tall towers crumbling to dust," Mr. Obama said. "It seemed all the misery and all the evil in the world were in that rolling black cloud blocking out the September sun."</p><p>In his book, <em>The Audacity of Hope</em>, Mr. Obama wrote about the scene in the law office. "A group of us sat motionless," he wrote, "as the nightmare images unfolded across the TV screen."</p><p>"This is our conference room, and this is where we had the television when the 9/11 explosions happened," said William Miceli, a partner at the firm, standing in the small basement room, with old furniture, law books and green carpeting.</p><p>The firm's offices are kind of hidden in a three flat, with no sign on a relatively quiet street just North of downtown.</p><p>"The firm was clustered in this room - basically everyone - lawyers, secretaries, paralegals - and the room was full," Miceli said. "We were all watching...it was a small screen.... As I remember it, there was really little conversation. There was no talking. People were just transfixed by what they were seeing on the screen."</p><p>So transfixed, Miceli said this week, that he wasn't aware of exactly who was in the room. He has no specific memory of Mr. Obama being there.</p><p>Miceli recalled that most people left early that day. At some point, Mr. Obama did too, to his home at the time, a condo not far from Hyde Park's Promontory Point. He described that night in a recent interview on CBS.</p><p>"I remember going home and Sasha had just been born," he said. "And I usually had night duty, so Michelle could get some sleep. And I remember staying up...late into the middle of the night, burping my child and changing her diapers, and wondering, 'What kind of world is she going to be inheriting?'"</p><p>At that time, few were interested in any profound thoughts this Illinois legislator had on the state of the world. His reaction to the attacks did not appear in the local newspapers, except for a very local one: the Hyde Park Herald.</p><p>The paper frequently ran columns by the neighborhood's elected officials, including Mr. Obama. After 9/11, then-editor Caitlin Devitt invited them to submit short statements for the following week's edition.</p><p>"The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others," Mr. Obama wrote. "Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."</p><p>Devitt said these comments were perhaps more nuanced that most political reactions at the time. Politicians like Mr. Obama, she said, know how to write for the less-hawkish Hyde Parkers.</p><p>Devitt doesn't remember taking special notice of Mr. Obama's September 19th statement.</p><p>"I mean, I never really imagined that these words that I'm reading now would one day maybe be translated into policy - foreign policy, you know, or our national policy, that's, you know, that's pretty, I don't think I thought that big about him," Devitt said.</p><p>At that time, the future president was also a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago's law school. The fall quarter hadn't yet begun, but a university spokesman said that by late September, Mr. Obama was teaching a couple courses.</p><p>Jaime Escuder was in one of them: Constitutional Law III: Equal Protection and Substantive Due Process. Escuder said in a recent interview that he can remember only one time that Mr. Obama made a comment related to September 11th.</p><p>"People starting wearing...the American flag starting appearing everywhere, and particularly - frankly - Republicans, although he didn't mention Republicans," Escuder said. "He did make a comment, though, such that it was clear he was uncomfortable with the - I guess you could say - the effort to politicize the American flag."</p><p>Escuder is a public defender now, and remembers his professor's comment when he sees other lawyers wearing flag pins, and when he sees President Obama wearing one. He said it maybe disappoints him a little, but he doesn't fault the president.</p><p>"He probably made the calculation that it could be turned into something far bigger than it really was, if he didn't wear it," Escuder said. "He is a patriot and it just takes away one more argument that people could be making against him, if he just sort of goes with the flow on that small issue."</p><p>In the fall of 2001, Mr. Obama's political future was cloudy. The year before he'd had an embarrassing primary election loss when he tried to oust U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. But he'd started to think about a statewide run.</p><p>"We went to lunch right after 9/11," said Eric Adelstein, a political consultant based in Chicago.</p><p>At lunch, he and Mr. Obama talked about the terrorist attacks, which dominated most conversations at the time, Adelstein recalled. And the state senator with eyes for a bigger office asked him about the logistics of a U.S. Senate campaign. Adelstein said they both acknowledged a specific hurdle.</p><p>"He or I might have said, 'You know, now his name rhymes with this horrible mass murderer who's been accused of doing this thing and that would just create an added challenge," Adelstein said this week.</p><p>In his book, Mr. Obama wrote about this lunch with an unnamed "media consultant."</p><p>"We both looked down at the newspaper beside him," Obama wrote. "There, on the front page, was Osama bin Laden."</p><p>"Hell of a thing, isn't it?" Mr. Obama quoted the consultant. "Really bad luck. You can't change your name of course."</p><p>Mr. Obama wrote that the consultant "shrugged apologetically before signaling the waiter to bring us the check."</p><p>Adelstein doesn't remember it quite like that.</p><p>"I think I'd write that off to the poetic license of the author," Adelstein said. "It didn't exactly happen that way. But, you know, he's become president at a difficult time. Everyone who knew him back then, knew that this guy was going to go far, and I think we're grateful that he has."</p><p>Adelstin doesn't remember the exact date of the lunch, name of the restaurant or what the two men ate.</p><p>A lot of details get fuzzy over ten years. And it's not like everyone in the aftermath of 9/11 made a conscious decision to remember their interactions with Barack Obama, on the off-chance he would someday be in a position to, say, order a military operation to kill the terrorist behind the attacks.</p><p>Back then, he was a lawyer, a professor and a state senator. No more important than any of us, on a day that nonetheless would largely shape his presidency.</p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/where-was-president-obama-september-11th-2001-91437 Muslim group markets faith with grassroots campaign, airplane http://www.wbez.org/story/muslim-group-markets-faith-grassroots-campaign-airplane-90824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-22/MFL Pictures 058.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As Chicagoans turn their gaze to the sky this weekend they'll be greeted by the following message: “Give Blood---Save Lives---Muslims for Life.”</p><p>The message will be on a banner trailing from a plane, with over a million people watching Chicago’s 53rd annual Air and Water show.</p><p>The group behind the banner is a local Muslim denomination known as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. In 2010, they launched “Muslims for Peace” and “Muslims for Loyalty,” both grassroots campaigns meant to spread the truth about Islam. Ads ran from the side of Chicago buses to electronic billboards in Times Square, New York. This weekend they are launching “Muslims for Life,” to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.</p><p>The banner attempts to push the message that Muslims want to protect life, not take it.&nbsp;</p><p>“Terrorists have painted an untruthful picture of Islam--of death and destruction, whereas Islam protects the sanctity of all human life” said Haris Ahmed Public Affairs director for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. “As we approach the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Sept. 11, we wanted to conduct blood drives aimed at saving American lives.”</p><p>The Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community is aiming to raise 10,000 units of blood nationally--enough to save 30,000 lives, the group said. Members from the local Chicago chapters plan on dispersing twenty thousand “Muslims for Life” brochures through the weekend.</p><p>Spokesperson for the event, Farah Qazi said the group decided the Air and Water Show was the best way to promote the blood drive to Chicago’s diverse community. “This is an interfaith and community-partnered event,” Qazi said. “We hope to invite people from all backgrounds to be a part of this massive effort.”</p><p>The blood drive is one part of a series of events the group is hosting to commemorate 9/11’s 10th anniversary. Other events include interfaith services and various press conferences to reiterate Islam’s message of peace and nonviolence in a world that is sometimes “Islamaphobic,” Qazi explained.</p><p>The blood drive will take place in the days leading up to Sept. 11 at various locations including mosques, churches and established blood banks like Lifesource.</p><p>More information about the campaign can be found at <a href="http://www.muslimsforlife.org/">www.muslimsforlife.org</a>. Questions about the blood drive can be directed to PR@IslaminChicago.org.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 22:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/muslim-group-markets-faith-grassroots-campaign-airplane-90824 Examining the historical consequences of Sept. 11 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/examining-historical-consequences-sept-11-86314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/WTC Getty Mario Tama.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For many the death of Osama Bin Laden produced a sense of patriotism they hadn’t felt since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. There is no doubt that 9/11 has become part of America's collective memory.<br> <br> University of Michigan history lecturer <a href="http://www.lsa.umich.edu/history/facstaff/facultydetail.asp?ID=111" target="_blank">Jonathan Marwil</a> has been teaching a class on Sept. 11 for the past few years. He’s interested in the consequences of the event: culturally, socially and politically. He joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the issues discussed in his class.</p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 14:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-10/examining-historical-consequences-sept-11-86314