Re: WTC implications low for TWs

Subject: Re: WTC implications low for TWs
From: Sabahat Ashraf <sabahat -at- viragelogic -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 11:58:07 -0700

Both as a former [moved within the last year and a half] resident of New
York City and a Muslim, I would like to thank everybody for their
wishes, support, and understanding. Would also like to say that I
understand the anger and outrage. It really is time the silent majority
of the Muslim population of the world did some introspection and stopped
letting people that think girls getting an education [a religious
obligation] is less important than a dress code [a recommendation]
control not just how the religion is viewed, but, more importantly, how
it is practised in the 21st Century.

Like everybody else, I spent a major part of yesterday tracking down
family members and friends. Got my last confirmation of safety this
morning. Up till last July my wife was a doctor at St. Vincents', the
closest hospital to the WTC. Muslims make up about 2% or so of the US
Population and the percentage in New York City must be higher. There
were at least 500 Pakistanis working in the WTC.

Other thoughts:

> There are very few real consequences I can think of
> for the tech writing industry from the disaster. Some
> observations:

> Online usage spiked, and probably there was, or will
> shortly be, a surge in new signups for online
> services.

It really is true that those of us looking for friends and family found
the Internet most useful. Besides e-mail, I think yesterday was the
moment Internet "Instant Messaging" came of age.

> Lots of people of Middle Eastern extraction work in
> high-tech. They may have trouble from prejudiced,
> vengeful idiots. Those of us from other backgrounds
> may need to stand up for our perfectly innocent
> co-workers who may happen to share an ethnic
> background with suspected terrorists. As a Southerner
> and a Texan I know what it is like to have people
> think my entire region is represented by some backward
> killer.

Thank you for saying that. It means a lot.



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