|Divided We Fall|
(9/17/2001) Of all the post-attack chain letters I've seen, this one is, hands-down, the most offensive and potentially the most damaging to the image of America.
E-mail is global - the words that we send each other now will eventually be read all over the world. At a time when we should be projecting an image of a nation united in times of tragedy, this chain portrays us as a nation of spoiled children who are eager to punish anyone who doesn't act or think the way we feel they should.
Now, we're showing the globe that in a time of tragedy, we'll even turn on each other for not reacting as we feel we should. One of the things that make the U.S. great is the freedom to make our own decisions and to be as involved as we choose to be. So some companies won't contribute as generously as others. SO WHAT? On a personal level, have you given more to the disaster relief than your neighbor? We don't know the real motivation behind Foodlion's and Michael's decisions, no matter what questionable fourth-hand information this chain letter provides. Some people (and companies) can give more than others - it's as simple as that. Those who can't (for whatever reason) should be given the freedom to do what they can without shame or fear of retribution.
To use this chain's author's own words against him or her: "When faced with a tragedy of this kind, we should all come together for the good of America..." Chain letters like this one lead the world to doubt our ability as a nation to stand united against terrorism. We simply cannot afford to be divided. Break this Chain!
Category: Armchair Activism