A new video released this week showed multiple young Americans expressing apathy over the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 American civilians, with one even asserting that younger generations “hate the military” and “hate America,” which is why “nobody cares” about 9/11 and the U.S. “deserved” it.
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“Nobody cares about [9/11] because a lot of us understand the reality behind what happened,” one young American said in a video posted on the Twitter account Freedom Videos. The young American added that the United States “deserved” the deadly attack because of “how much we did to other countries.”
“Obviously, like, support to all of the families and, like, it’s a tragic event, but the amount of sh-t we’ve done to other countries, like, the younger generation doesn’t care because we all, like, hate the military, we hate America,” the young American continued. “So there’s like bigger tragedies that really don’t get, like, touched on.”
“Even Juneteenth this year wasn’t really celebrated that much. If something like that isn’t getting, like, celebrated or given, like, the support that it should be given, why would we give it to, like, 9/11?” he added. “I’m sorry, but I think slavery is a little bigger of a tragedy than 9/11 was.”
A second young American said that she simply “forgot” that it was 9/11 on Sunday. When asked if she thought 9/11 is still significant, she replied, “Maybe, but not really to the younger generation.”
A third young American acknowledged that “a lot of people forget about [9/11]” even though the common phrase associated with the tragedy is “never forget.”
“I can’t pretend that what happened to them didn’t matter, but I know for me it doesn’t hold a lot of significance and it just feels like a lot of times it makes up for, like, excessive patriotism,” a fourth young American said.
Many Americans still feel the significance, however. At a New York Jets-Baltimore Ravens football game, the crowded stadium joined in the singing of the national anthem with NYPD officer Brianna Fernandez on Sunday, which also marked the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.