This week has been an especially heavy one. On Tuesday, 19 children and two adults were gunned down in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The shooting came a little more than a week after a white gunman opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket in a Black neighborhood and killed 10 people. 

These headlines leave us full of emotion but often stuck on what to do next – and then the horrific cycle continues. My colleague Alia E. Dastagir reported on a sort of “learned helplessness” we adopt in these situations that have become almost normalized to us. Here’s an excerpt of her piece: 

We read the same headlines, see the same handwringing, criticize or call for the same prayers and find ourselves desperately having the same debate. Until we move on, and a moral imperative evaporates.   

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