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  •  one of the most tangible (10+ / 0-)

    manifestations of this I remember, living in lower Manhattan at the time, was that post 9/12 all the NYC Taxi drivers had flags or flag decals on their cabs.  They were necessary for safety, an insurance policy.

    There was a lot of debate about flag displaying in those days in late September and October.  Todd Gitlin had written his first piece about the flag and I was in staunch disagreement with all the flag waving, until it was pointed out to me exactly what you've written about here, some people needed those flags to mark themselves as "not terrorist".  Flags had a completely different meaning in the multiethnic, multicultural, multinational and multilingual post 9/11 NYC.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 03:08:30 PM PDT

    •  Yes - so many taxi drivers in the city (0+ / 0-)

      are Muslim - and the Sikhs have become targets as well.

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 03:42:00 PM PDT

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