Posted January 9th 2011 at 2:39 pm by
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On the Events in Arizona

CoLab was deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence in Arizona yesterday. Our hearts go out to the families of those who died and we wish representative Giffords a full recovery. Our hearts go out to her and her family during this difficult time.

4 responses to “On the Events in Arizona”

  1. Alexa Mills says:

    I was especially moved by Matt Bai’s question in the New York Times. “Tucson will either be the tragedy that brought us back from the brink, or the first in a series of gruesome memories to come.”

  2. amy stitely says:

    Of course I feel sadness, but to be quite honest…. today, I am feeling a lot of anger. And also dissatisfaction.

    I wish the demagogues who preach violence and racism in the name of “protecting America from outsiders and socialism” would apologize for their negative and aggressive messages that stir up fear and hate.

    And, I am puzzled by how the media has constructed a ‘lunatic’ personality for the shooter–how they decide what to call a man who plots to kill or kills mass amounts of people. Thinking back over the last twenty years – the Somali teen in Oregon, the Asian student at VA Tech, Timothy McVeigh, the 9/11 hijackers, and now this latest assassin… Who gets called a ‘terrorist’? Who gets called an ‘extremist’? And, Who gets to be ‘mentally disturbed’?

    Where do we draw the line on motivation – personal choice (crazy) and social/political ideology (extremist)? So interesting to see who gets to be called what under what conditions. When is ‘he’ a crazy one among us? When is ‘he’ a terrorist threat of them? And why is it always a ‘he’?

  3. Amy Stitely says:

    And for those of us who live far from the border, a few words about Arizona…

  4. Alexa Mills says:

    This site seems to have started a movement on Twitter – hundreds are tweeting “Tell @SarahPalinUSA Threats of violence have no place in our democracy @CREDOmobile”

    Amy, thanks for the huffpo article. That was a good one.

    I think that language matters, and that heated rhetoric can lead to this kind of tragedy.