Social media helps our collective need to grieve tragedies



January 4, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Our country has changed so much since the ‘60s. When tragedy struck our nation with the assassinations of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., we mourned as a nation. Our grief and the feelings of living in a world that we did not understand was shared by most. Neighbors and family came together to try and make sense of the senseless.

When 9/11 happened, we grieved for a moment, then immediately sought revenge. An enemy was chosen: the Muslim people. Sides were taken. Grief and disbelief were put on a burner beside revenge and hatred. People began to live in fear of a group. Those who didn’t fear the Muslim population became the enemy also.

With every public gun massacre, we are not allowed public grief without retribution from NRA supporters. Trying to make sense of the tragedies and to bring our minds to a place where we can see an end to these acts isn’t allowed to happen because sides are immediately taken.

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