We've spent more than 15 years trying to define what terrorism means in this country. The word terrorism has been politicized and racialized beyond the point of usefulness as we attempt to respond to tragedies. Perhaps before we rush to catalogue this most recent horror, we can spend some time reflecting on the helplessness that we all feel as a society in these moments.
Whether it's staring down the barrel of a gun, in the thrust of a storm or at the hands of the police, moments like these reflect the fragile nature of humanity and our limits as individuals. I don't wish this sort of helplessness on anyone living in America.