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The 9/11 Tribute in Light Emphasizes Bill de Blasio’s Failure

The 9/11 Tribute in Light, September 10, 2014 (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
New York City’s mayor has divided it further after promising unity

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s official reason for canceling the 9/11 Tribute in Light was to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19. But the likely real reason — obvious, if sad — is that the unity that the beams signal would show him up. For despite his campaign promises to weave a single story of the “tale of two cities” (one rich, one poor), he has pitted group against group and dealt unevenly with his constituents. The lights would represent what he could not achieve: a city united.

The mayor has been outmaneuvered, thank God. Whether it was through the intervention of Governor …

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This article appears as “A Tribute to Unity” in the September 21, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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