Student destroys 9/11 memorial ‘to start a dialogue about American imperialism’Posted: September 12, 2013
A lot of angry people are wondering exactly who was among the group that pulled nearly 3,000 American flags from the ground on the campus of Middlebury College in Vermont Wednesday. A joint service project of the College Republicans and Democrats, the 2,977 flags had been placed in front of the school’s Mead Chapel in memory of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001. This photo, posted to Facebook by Young Americans for Freedom, reportedly shows a student and accomplices stuffing the uprooted flags into plastic trash bags.
The group’s leader and only Middlebury student, junior Anna Shireman-Grabowski, later identified herself as one of the five who destroyed the 9/11 memorial. She later wrote on the school’s blog that she had chosen ”to act in solidarity with my friend, an Indigenous woman and a citizen of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy who was appalled to see the burial grounds of another Indigenous nation desecrated by piercing the ground that their remains lay beneath.”