Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Condition. Discussion »
It has been 12 years since that dreadful Tuesday on September 11, 2001 when over 3,000 people perished as a result of evil terrorists. There may not be another particular day in recent history that has subsequently impacted most Americans in the way 9/11 did. It altered so many aspects of our lives.
The bombing earlier this year in Boston reminded us that America is not safe. The shootings at Sandy Hook last December reminded us America is not safe.
American Indians remember the attacks at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek. The blood of our ancestors cries from the ground for those who died along the Trail of Tears and the Potawatomi Trail of Death.
So today, on the day that now has been named Patriot Day, it is a day to remember those who died throughout American history at the hands of cruel and evil people.
I remember at the Sandy Hook incident at Newtown, Connecticut, talking heads in the media attempted to find answers as to "why" such shootings take place. They tried to blame it on mental illness of the young man who killed his mother and then went over to the school and killed 26 people that included 20 innocent children.
Violence cannot be properly or fully explained. Sometimes, it is best to simply blame it on cruelty and evilness. For taking innocent lives is nothing short of being cruel and evil.
Only prayer and help from the Creator the Higher Being can eradicate evil.
So, today as we remember the tragedy of 12 years ago, we should pray for God's grace and mercy for the United States of America.
posted September 11, 2013 10:20 am edt