Talking about the Attica Rebellion, Cornel West, a Princeton Professor, describes exactly what has happenend to the American Psyche since September 11, 2001:
Forty years later we come back to commemorate this struggle against the historical backdrop of a people who have been so terrorized and traumatized and stigmatized that we have been taught to be scared, intimidated, always afraid, distrustful of one another, and disrespectful of one another, but the Attica Rebellion was a counter-move in that direction.
I call it the “Niggerization of a People,” not just Black people, because America has been niggerized since nine-eleven. When you’re niggerized, you’re unsafe, unprotected, subject to random violence, hated for who you are, you become so scared that you defer to the Powers That Be, and you’re willing to consent to your own domination.
Nothing has ever explained the attitude of Americans since 9/11 as clearly as this.