. It is not that I wish the U.S. to retain any kind of monopoly on homegrown right-wing white terrorist attacks, but I do not like that we appear to be exporting them around the globe. I do not like the folded-hands rhetoric of thoughts and prayers, as if wishful thinking is sufficient to stop bullets, as if mosques and synagogues and Black churches are natural killing fields and the best we can do is regret the deaths as they go by. spatch
told me that one of the shooters livestreamed their murders, as if it were an advertisement or a video game. Postcards from Abu Ghraib. A joke from PewDiePie. Some very fine people on both sides, the man in the White House reassured us.
The New Zealand Islamic Information Center
is collecting donations for the bereaved and wounded families. You can donate directly or via LaunchGood
. There is even an option to pick up the processing fees, so that the community gets the full benefit of the original donation amount. I found that practical; the website links it to the practice of zakat
. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
has also set up a fund
. The work of repairing the world which feels increasingly broken, barely bandageable: so you put back together the pieces you can. And you don't just stand by and watch people smash it.
I should have more to say. I don't know what else there is. The propaganda of the white nationalists is that their civilization is under siege, drowning in a non-white, unchristian tide. If their civilization exalts the murder of the Other, let the riptide take it. Purim is coming up; I'll bake hamantashn with my mother next week. It might be a folk etymology that the name refers to Haman, the villain of the story, the high-ranked plotter of genocide. All these people, the man in the White House and those who carried him to power and those like dragon's teeth he has sown and raised, I have begun to think of them all with the same kind of namelessness. I know them; I won't speak them. I won't give them the memory. Let them be outlasted, please, let's keep each other alive. Let them be remembered only so that we can blot them out again.