Black September: How 9/11 continues to shape America

Two decades on, America is a bitterly divided country: the devastating attacks on New York generated a cloud of fear, paranoia and bigotry that continues to linger to this day

12th September, 2021
Black September: How 9/11 continues to shape America
Fires burning in the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings after the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001. Picture: Getty

Twenty years ago, the September 11 attacks set in train a chain of events that transformed the US and the world in ways that were unimaginable at the time. I arrived at the World Trade Center shortly after the second plane hit the South Tower and witnessed its implosion less than an hour later.

This was followed by the evacuation of thousands of shell-shocked New Yorkers, covered in detritus and dust as they were directed east...

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