Americans should have a little fear
Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 30, 2001
Sunday, September 30, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
The teenager whizzed past, music blaring. The low-riding truck
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was packed with four rather innocent-looking teens.
Glancing to the side, I chuckled to myself and thought, &uot;they
think they have the world by the tail.&uot;
Didn’t we all at that age?
Then as the truck went past a &uot;No Fear&uot; bumpersticker
heralded their attitude from the back of the heavily tinted window.
No Fear is a brand of sport clothing and merchandise squarely
aimed at a youthful market.
A few years ago, the brand was a great marketing gimmick. It
spoke to a generation’s confidence and carefree life.
Somehow it doesn’t seem to fit anymore.
All Americans – from 15 years old to 80 years old – need to
have a little fear.
America should be afraid of ever again taking for granted security
at home or abroad, after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.
Our country should fear how this affects our children and take
steps ensure they continue to feel safe in their homes.
We should fear the ugliness the attacks have sparked in our
Since the attacks dozens and dozens of hate crimes have been
reported against Arab Americans, Muslims and anyone who is mistaken
America became an ugly, evil place during the 1950s and 1960s
for blacks in America, just because they looked different.
We should be afraid of letting the same dark underbelly of
America rise to the surface again.
America should fear additional attacks. As long as evil exists
in the world, horrible things can happen. Having a little fear
and concern may help us prevent it in the future.
Our nation should be afraid that we do not lose our resolve
in the impending battle on terrorism. The fight will be one with
many unknowns. As military experts have said, this will be an
As the battles begin, Americans will most certainly lose their
lives. As difficult as it may be, American must remain united
and determined to see the battle against terrorism through until
We should be afraid of only halfway eradicating terrorism.
This battle is an all or nothing venture.
Americans should be afraid of letting the attacks turn our
country into a fortress. Although security issues are now seen
in a new light, one of the precious things about America is the
personal freedom to travel within our borders unimpeded.
The terrorists took advantage of one that freedom to plan and
coordinate their attacks.
It will be tempting for our country to crack down on those
freedoms. If we do, the terrorists win.
The terrorists will have succeeded by making us change the
lifestyle we hold so precious and the one the terrorists despise
No don’t get me wrong. I don’t think America as a nation is
Fear doesn’t mean we’re weak, only that we’re more aware.
And, just like those fearless teenagers, American needs a heightened
sense of awareness.
Kevin Cooper is editor of The Democrat. He can be reached
at (601) 445-3541 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.