As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us, the memories and memorials honoring those who died on that day and those who died in the following effort to eradicate terror’s perpetrators should be held in reverent respect. One would like to think that, for just one day, the perpetual victimhood brigade who cannot let a moment pass by without demanding the spotlight for their latest petulant delusional whine would step back. But no. Enter one Jenn M. Jackson, Ph.D. (so her Twitter bio says), published author and self-defined “Abolitionist+Writer+Prof Genderflux all pronouns.” Oh, and she’s also a columnist for Teen Vogue. You can see where this is headed.
Even with all of the above, her tweets on 9/11 immediate evoke a brief flash of speechless astonishment:
It's twenty years since 9/11 and I'm still really disturbed by how many white pundits and correspondents talk about it.— jenn m. jackson (@JennMJacksonPhD) September 10, 2021
Wait. It’s bothersome that people talk about an attack on American soil that killed more than 3,000 innocent people? Gee, so sorry for the interruption. Would you families mourning loved ones please keep it down? You’re disturbing Ms. Ph.D. over here!
Also, since when does the color of the commentator matter? Here, let’s try this in reverse. “It’s over two years since George Floyd and I’m still really disturbed by how many black pundits and correspondents talk about it.” It takes little to envision the reaction should someone say that and mean it. But hey, there’s no such thing as reverse racism, right?
Next, we move on to Ms. Jackson’s expert analysis of why the 9/11 attacks took place. Brace yourself. But first, let’s whip out the persecution card!
I'm watching Andy Card and 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.— jenn m. jackson (@JennMJacksonPhD) September 10, 2021
Wow. That's hella incorrect.
I take it her Ph.D. isn’t in English.
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."— jenn m. jackson (@JennMJacksonPhD) September 10, 2021
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.— jenn m. jackson (@JennMJacksonPhD) September 10, 2021
Have you ever actually studied the history of racism in America, Ms. Jackson? Jim Crow? The 1921 Tulsa race riot? The KKK? The horrors inflicted upon the civil rights workers of the 1950s and 1960s? Guess what, buttercup. You have never experienced hardcore racism. Ever.
But back to 9/11, and the take that takes the cake.
We have to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what it wasn't. 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.— jenn m. jackson (@JennMJacksonPhD) September 10, 2021
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.— jenn m. jackson (@JennMJacksonPhD) September 10, 2021
Okay, let’s break this down here. Assuming it is possible to do so without breaking down into either peals of hysterical laughter or heavy sobs that someone can be this moronic.
The attack was on a “heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity.” Really. You mean all this talk by Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda about the evils of America and variations thereof based on religion, and civilians being acceptable targets in the name of Islam, was just joshin’? Gee, who knew. There’s also the inconvenient truth of Al-Qaeda and variations thereof attacking civilians in predominantly Muslim countries such as Indonesia. But who can bother with details?
Another minor detail overlooked by Ms. Jackson is that the dead on 9/11 weren’t all white males. Or even white. Or even all Americans. Darn those pesky suicide bombers and their inaccuracy in flying hijacked airliners!
The capper is putting “terror” in quotes in the last tweet. Apparently flying planes into buildings with the sole intent of killing innocent civilians isn’t actually terror. Wonder what it might be then. A misunderstanding? A justifiable action? Do try making a case for that, Ms. Jackson. On second thought, please don’t. We can only take so much stupidity at one time.
Finally, the best response.
Yes, the fundamentalist Islamic men were attacking “heteropatriarch capitalist systems” because fundamentalist Islam is a very pro feminist pro LGBT ideology you absolute doorknob. https://t.co/lkEQbEytiA— Article V Convention of States please (@philthatremains) September 11, 2021