On Monday afternoon, October 31, Habinullaevic Saipov drove a rented truck down the a busy bike path in New York City killing 8 people and injuring a dozen more. Our response was immediate. Shock. Sadness. Anger. Outrage. Once again we asked how and why something like this could happen.
In no way do I want to minimize the tragedy of what happened or the unbearable grief of those families and friends who have lost loved ones. But, in the aftermath of the event I found myself wondering about our outrage which so often seems like just a flash in the pan and then nothing. We should be shocked and outraged by what happened. And, ask what happened to a young man who was thoroughly vetted when he came to this country and then was radicalized. Something happened. What?
But, sometimes it seems to me events like this provide a protective covering which allows us to forget or to ignore statistics like these. Realities we should be equally outraged about. On the same day Habinullaevic Saipov killed 8 people in New York City:
- 7 children and teens died from gun violence
- 11 people in our country died because of hunger
- 123 died because of lack of access to adequate healthcare
- 175 died due to a drug overdose
- 685 people were victims of a hate crime
- 1300 people died due to an illness caused by smoking
- 7 women died as a result of domestic violence
This all happens around us.
Right around us.
Each and every day.
We need to be outraged.
By all of it.
And then we need to summon the courage to do something about it.