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The 911 families explain in great detail why they oppose the International Freedom Center - with pictures.
The New York Times tells them to shut up and go away.
But in the past few weeks, we've watched a handful of vocal family members, who may not represent a majority of 9/11 families, change the dynamic at the World Trade Center site for the worse. They have begun a movement to "take back the memorial," which means, in essence, eventually purging ground zero of its cultural partners, including the International Freedom Center.And although they don't include any, they do talk about pictures:
This protest resulted in a shocking response in late June from Gov. George Pataki. He openly joined the criticism of one of those institutions - the Drawing Center - for an exhibition that it sponsored, in another part of town, that contains controversial images of 9/11 and America's role in the world. And he has called on all the cultural partners at ground zero for reassurances that their programs will harmonize with the concerns of this small group of family members.Shocking, that the Governor of New York would think that just because an organization displays anti-American sentiment at any opportunity that they would do so at ground zero. You can read a more realistic assessment of the Drawing Center here
You may not know it, but in the minds of the NY Time's editorial board it seems the greatest tragedy of 9/11 was the destruction of the artistic life of Lower Manhattan:
There must be no mistake about this. If the Drawing Center is forced to withdraw from ground zero rather than accept the censorship of exhibitions that are yet to be imagined, no other respectable arts institution will take its place.Since they didn't see fit to include examples of the "art" with their editorial, we'll do so here. What they're saying is, that unless we can display pictures like this one at ground zero, then the terorists will have won.
What was offered as an open invitation to restore the artistic life of Lower Manhattan will have turned into an invitation to provide only the kind of cultural offerings that please a vocal group of people whose genuine grief has already taken on a sharply political edge. Those are unacceptable conditions that would undermine the very purpose of the arts.
...If ground zero is not a place of life and creativity, of true artistic and political freedom, then it will not be successful even as a place of grief.
Support the 911 families here.
"But in the past few weeks, we've watched a handful of vocal family members, who may not represent a majority of 9/11 families, change the dynamic at the World Trade Center site for the worse."
And yet we are constantly told that Kristen Breitweiser and the "Jersey Girls" do pretty much speak for the majority of 9/11 families and the Times expects us to accept that and shut up and go away.Posted by cptham at July 12, 2005 08:24 PM
I don't remember their concern over a FEW family members that were (conveniently) against the Bush Administration during the 9/11 Hearings as being a problem. That was like 10 families - take back the memorial has over 1,000 families...Posted by Kathleen A at July 13, 2005 11:53 AM
PLEASE go to www.takebackthememorial.org. Sign the online petition and stop the disastrous plans for the 9/11 memorial - nearly 1,700 9/11 family members have already signed it, in addition to over 30,000 others. This is supposed to be a memorial to the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, not an educational "experience" with the goal of teaching Americans how to learn from the mistakes of our past and that of others. It's about the victims, and nothing else.
And please - spread the word about the website - it's this kind of grass roots action that can really make a difference.
In memory of Heather Lee Smith, Flight 11