Is this 9/11 Memorial Racist?

9/11 Tribute
9/11 Tribute

This past weekend was the anniversary of the terrible terrorist attacks that shocked New York and the rest of the world.  It is common for New York and other American cities to have memorial ceremonies and monuments to commemorate the lives of those who perish on September 11th, 2001. However, one monument has caused controversy.

In the small town of Owego, members of The Children of Abraham of the Southern Tier, a Muslim Organization, wrote a letter complaining about the inscription on the new granite monument.

The inscription reads:

“On September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic terrorists unsuspectedly boarded four airliners departing east coast airports to hijack the planes and carry out a series of coordinated attacks against the United States. This is a tribute to all the lives lost that day and to the heroic sacrifice of all who rushed to help. As Americans, we honor their memory by living our lives in freedom. We will never forget.”

This Muslim organization argued that this monument encourages Islamophobia by pointing out  “Islamic terrorists” as those responsible for the attacks.

A spokesperson told our Fox television affiliate that having the words “Islamic terrorists” on the monument is a “broad brush against the many Muslims who live in the Southern Tier.”

The City Manager Donald Castellucci roundly disagree with the accusations and he is not changing the words “Islamic terrorists” into “terrorists” or “Al Qaeda terrorists” as the Muslim group asked in its letter.

“I don’t live in a politically correct world,” he told Fox affiliate WICZ. “I live in a historical fact world…whether it’s American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is. And we don’t whitewash things, especially here.”

“This is not about religion, It’s about one event on one day that killed more than 3,000 people.”

Castelluci’s supporters that believe that it is important to recognize that the terrorists themselves claimed that they were doing those terrible attacks in name of Islam, their religion. So saying that they were “Islamic” terrorists is not wrong.

Is this City Manager an Islamophobic for refusing to change “Islamic” or he simply stating facts?

Read more at Fox News

Photo Credit to Jason Devaun

Maria Robles is a recent graduate from New Jersey City University. She believes that everyone should be informed about current issues affecting our society.