Jordan Bruder is too young to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But she recalls growing up believing the blame for the the 9/11 attacks was squarely put “on Muslim people,” an indictment of some people in the south central Illinois towns she grew up in. Many continue to harbor those ideas about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., which killed nearly 3,000 people. “Everything was whitewashed for me,” said Bruder, a sophomore studying business and political science at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. That reorientation – “a self-discovery,” Bruder termed it – began with talking with her father, Eric Bruder, a middle school history teacher, as well as doing her own research about 9/11. “That’s made all the difference for me,” Bruder said. “Being a hateful person, that came from a place of ignorance. Now I feel I can go out into the world and be more tolerant.” Bruder is part of a generation, now entering college, that has no direct memory of that day or weren’t even born yet. It’s giving professors new challenges and new audiences to teach about one of the most… Read full this story
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