In the days following the 20th memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks a professor at Syracuse University tweeted an extremely unpopular view on the tragic day that claimed the lives of over 3,000 Americans. Jenn M. Jackson tweeted that she was “disturbed” that so many white pundits still discuss the events of 9/11 and then claimed that it was actually an attack on America’s “heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems.”
Of course, because if Osama bin Laden was about anything, it was striking down heteropatriarchy… https://t.co/IuJ4aoDNyc
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) September 12, 2021
According to reports from Fox News:
One of those she singled out was Andy Card, former President George W. Bush‘s chief of staff, who first told the commander in chief that America was under attack.
“It’s twenty years since 9/11 and I’m still really disturbed by how many white pundits and correspondents talk about it,” Jackson, who is also a contributor at Teen Vogue, according to her Twitter bio, tweeted. “I’m watching Andy Card and [Former Homeland Security Secretary] Jeh Johnson on MSNBC. Card just said that 9/11 was the first time that Americans ever felt fear. He said that it was the last morning we woke up without fear and that the ‘terrorists’ succeeded in introducing us to fear.”
Jackson followed up by tweeting that the 9/11 terror attacks were an assault on America’s “heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems.”
“We have to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what it wasn’t,” Jackson said. “It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity. It was an attack on the systems many white Americans fight to protect. We have to be clear that the same motivations that animated America’s hypervigilance and responsiveness to ‘terror’ after 9/11 are now motivating the carceral state and anti-immigration policy.”
This isn’t the first time Jackson has shared unpopular and misguided views on her Twitter which is now private. According to reports from Fox News Jackson has also tweeted her support for China and criticism of Capitalism in the past.