I will never forget September 11, 2001. My husband Zack and I had moved to Rocklin, CA the April prior. He had just completed his training for the U-2 program at Beale AFB. That morning we were both up early and getting ready for work. I was upstairs and he was downstairs. We don’t usually have the TV on, but he happened to have it on that morning to catch the news. Then he called out to me. I came across the upstairs loft overlooking the living room area. He stood in his flight suit with his back to me watching the TV screen. I watched over his shoulder as the second airplane struck. We both stood frozen, not quite knowing what we were seeing. And then a moment later, he turned, looked at me and said “I might not be home tonight.”
The United States, for all its principles and promise, its achievements and potentials, also has an underbelly. That underbelly comes in various forms: racism, sexism, classism. These ‘isms” rear their heads on a daily basis, but are most noticed when we suffer a tremendous loss or other tragedy in our country. This past weekend marked a tragedy and a loss that exposed the American underbelly and demonstrated that anti-Semitism persists in America.