On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Jenn Jackson, a professor of political science at Syracuse University, was hit with tons of backlash for saying that the 2001 attacks were an attack on “heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems” that “white Americans fight to protect.”
Jackson’s website states, “Jenn M. Jackson (they/them) is a queer gender flux androgynous Black woman, an abolitionist, a lover of all Black people, and an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Political Science.”
Jackson took to Twitter on Friday to say that she has a problem with how “white pundits and correspondents” talk about 9/11 and the impact those tragic events had on America.
“It’s twenty years since 9/11, and I’m still really disturbed by how many white pundits and correspondents talk about it,” Jackson wrote, according to The Blaze. “I’m watching [White House chief of staff on 9/11] Andy Card and [Former Homeland Security Secretary] Jeh Johnson on MSNBC. Card just said that 9/11 was the first time that Americans ever felt fear. He said that it was the last morning we woke up without fear and that the ‘terrorists’ succeeded in introducing us to fear.”
“White Americans might not have really felt true fear before 9/11 because they never felt what it meant to be accessible, vulnerable, and on the receiving side of military violence at home. But, white Americans’ experiences are not a stand-in for ‘America,'” she continued. “Plenty of us Americans know what it’s like to experience fear, and we knew before 9/11. For a lot of us, we know fear *because* of other Americans.”
Not stopping there, Jackson proceeded to double down.
“We have to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what it wasn’t,” Jackson concluded. “It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity. It was an attack on the systems many white Americans fight to protect. We have to be clear that the same motivations that animated America’s hypervigilance and responsiveness to ‘terror’ after 9/11 are now motivating the carceral state and anti-immigration policy.”
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The backlash against Jackson was swift, with social media users letting her know exactly what they thought about her disrespectful and ridiculous take on 9/11.
“This is the kind of disturbing rubbish people spout when they see the world through a lens of identity politics. We need to reverse the long march through the institutions,” one person commented, with another adding, “Yes, the fundamentalist Islamic men were attacking ‘heteropatriarch capitalist systems’ because fundamentalist Islam is a very pro-feminist pro LGBT ideology, you absolute doorknob.”
“Let me make sure I am getting this correct… The 9/11 attack by arguably the most heteropatriarchal people on earth was orchestrated because of America’s heteropatriarchal systems? I’m sure the female & LGBTQ execs who died in the Twin Towers would love this hot take,” a third person wrote, with a fourth tweeting, “oh yes, the people behind 9/11 are known for their liberal views and dismantling of heteropatriarchal systems. just ask all the girls who want to go to school or drive over there.”
Unfortunately, rhetoric like Jackson’s has become common from the radical left in recent years. It’s seen that this kind of nonsense is seen as insightful by the “woke” crowd in this country.
This piece was written by James Samson on September 11, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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