When an evil shooter gunned down 11 of our fellow Jewish Americans on Saturday morning, it was both shocking and devastating. This should have been an opportunity to come together in order to stand against this sort of hate; instead, people did what seems to be second nature for so many today, flee to their political affinities.
Unfortunately, our culture does not push for unity and sympathy in times like these, rather, our culture pushes for partisan hackery and tribalism. In response to this tragedy, people are blaming President Trump, or calling for the banning of guns when what we really need are voices that bring us all together, not divide us further. One of the most notable was Julia Ioffe who vented her anger towards President Trump, Jews who support President Trump’s actions regarding Israel, among others.
The citizens of this country must recognize that we are more than just political parties and that we all have more in common than we have different. We are all Americans and placing blame when we should all be grieving is simply wrong.
However, just jumping to our political sides is not the only problem with how we react in the aftermath of these tragedies. We allocate so much of our attention to the perpetrator of these attacks; his motives, his intent, and his life when we should really be focusing on the victims; their lives, their passions, and their families.
We all know the name of the shooter, but rarely do we focus on the victims when things like this happen. To many, the people who died are 11 nameless, faceless individuals, when in reality that is far from the truth. They had families, they had loved ones, and they had lives of their own which were only to be cut short by the senseless actions of one evil man.
Rather than pointing fingers at one another, we must point fingers at the real issue here: anti-semitism. We must realize this was simply a product of hate, and the only way to fight it is to do it together. Division in our country will only hurt the effort to stand against anti-semitism. It is when we are one, we are strongest.
So, when we discuss mass shootings such as the most recent in Pittsburgh, we must remember that our reactions must be centered around people, not politics. We must remember that we are all Americans and when tragedy strikes we should be looking to unite, not divide. Until that happens, we will continue to go down this path of divisiveness which is currently hurting all Americans.