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09.11.07 05:10 PM

2007 Flashback: 911 Reflections


view from above, originally uploaded by lynneluvah.

Six years later, and there is still a gaping hole in lower Manhattan. I work in the area now. 7 World Trade Center, and I walk by it everyday.

These email missives were originally posted on Africana.com on September 14, 2001, and then republished there on September 11, 2002. As there appears to be no archives of Africana.com stories at BlackVoices on AOL, I'll republish the real-time email missives I sent out on September 11, 2001 as the events unfolded.

Emails from Brooklyn

Over the course of the day I sent dozens, many dozens of emails to friends, family and listserves. Here is a sampling of the messages that day spawned.

Date: Tue Sep 11, 2001 09:19:00 AM Subject: Two Planes Crash Into World Trade Center

Can see the fires out of my window. Just saw the reports on the news. Having problems obtaining any reports online at this time. But they have pretty much confirmed that both towers of the WTC have explosions.

Date: Tue Sep 11, 2001 10:19:00 aM Subject: Re: The world trade ctr!

One of the Towers just went down. Saw it from my window. The Pentagon has also been hit. Gov't officials and media still trying to confirm who is responsible for this. In downtown Brooklyn right now, it is a mess. All fire trucks and police cars are heading into Manhattan.

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 10:30:22 -0400 Subject: Re: the second building just collapsed

i am crying
this is sad

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 11:54:41 -0400

Things in New York will never be the same again, I am sure.

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 12:11:35 -0400

I saw everything from my Brooklyn apartment it was unbelievable. I was in the street awhile ago and traffic is backed up in Brooklyn. Folks are walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Many of them with ash in their hair and on their clothes. I am just now beginning to smell it through my window. Until now, there was no odor.

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 14:10:28 -0400

I no longer smell the smoke. I no longer hear the panic in the streets of Brooklyn, nor the ambulance, fire truck, and police sirens. It simply seems that all things are quiet. That everyone is in shock. I have to admit, before the buildings went down, I was glued to my window. Now I am glued to the TV.

My mother, who will be 70 in January, heard that something was going on, but didn't know quite what yet. She proceeded to lower Manhattan today for an appointment. Somehow she decided to reroute herself to the direction of home. Glad she did. She called me then, but I have not heard from her since.

There is no way to tell whether this is all over or not. There could be more on the horizon. A wind just breezed past my window, it is the smell of smoke again.

Date: Tue Sep 11, 200109:05:00 pM Subject: Re: Plane Crashes into World Trade Center

Somehow, I keep thinking about the book of Revelations.

Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 09:34:00 PM

This has been a day unlike any day I have ever known. Or probably will ever know again. I walked into the street around 11 a.m. and there were people covered in soot, running, trying to get home. Sirens all damn day. Just on and on and on. I cannot even say I know what it feels like to be in one of those countries where there is war in abundance. But I do know, I was afraid today. I do know I cried. I do know I prayed. I feared for my safety. The safety of this country.

Tonight I go out. Police are circling around my neighborhood to protect the Muslims. The black smoke, dense like fog, entering my chest, causing me to cough. I have never experienced this before and hope I never will again.

I cannot imagine what it was like to be there up close. I cannot imagine the pain of the victim's families. War has not touched our soil since Pearl Harbor. This is a serious feeling of being totally vulnerable.

Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2001 21:38:20 -0400

I live in downtown Brooklyn near a Mosque.

The cops are heavily patrolling the area. There is still black smoke, thick like fog, rising like a cloud, hovering above the city and Brooklyn. I am sure it is in NJ as well.

I pray for the victim's families.


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