Culture and Grief

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When the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011 rocked New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C., the word “tragedy” was used on a grandiose level around the world. For the people who lived close enough to experience the events first-hand, they may not have even called it a tragedy; perhaps they called it a misfortune, retaliation, lack of a strong government, unreal, or maybe even rebirth. In the coming years after the attacks, everything between standing united as a nation to declaring a war had flourished; but how has that left us - the land that has no distinct ethnicity - feel about each other? Why is it that fear is usually missing in the affective mnemonics of memorial sites, which, after all, are signifiers of some of the…show more content…
The memorial itself is beyond beautiful: radiating a kind of halo just before sunset that nearly encapsulates where the Twin Towers once stood. The two walls are made from “architecturally finished concrete” with the 746-deceased family members from New Jersey etched in stainless steel. The memorial was initially built to “reflect the legacies of those whose lives were lost, that their unfulfilled dreams and hopes may result in a better future for society. Their unique qualities and characteristics enriched our lives immeasurably and through this memorial, their stories live on.” (Jordan, 2011) I visited the memorial on two occasions for a few significant purposes; the first one was to compare the amount of people who just leisurely strolled by in comparison to the amount of people who actually walked between the walls, read the names of the deceased, talked and expressed feelings with friends/others about it, etc. The second reason was to plug in the comparisons from the first two visits on how many people engaged in the memorial and compare the ethnic diversity amongst the two. I focused on ethnic diversity as a cultural factor because it does contribute to the level of bias/racism (especially geared towards Muslims) that was created post-9/11. As a country that really has no ethnic identity and that “freely” accepts any color and backgrounds, I thought it would be crucial to point out how diversity affects the theory

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