A Time for Grief

After a tragedy like the Orlando shooting, it can sometimes be easier to pull away from the 24-hour news cycle.

To be honest, I always have trouble writing immediately after a tragedy like the one that took place in Orlando this weekend. I find that my natural instinct is to pull away from the 24-hour news cycle, partly because it is rarely reliable and partly because I am consumed with feelings that seem to be out of sync with most of what I read/see reflected both in the news and on social media. This is not a time that I feel compelled to call out Donald Trump for his narcissistic nonsense. And I really don’t want to argue about guns or whether we will vanquish ISIS by merely uttering the words “radical Islam.”

Instead, I want to gaze inward and deal with the overwhelming grief, while looking for messages of healing. I found that in stories about the mile-long line that had formed to donate blood in Orlando. And in the brief words of Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Tony Awards last night.

I was touched by the words of Muslims (both LGBT and straight) on Twitter – something that was reported by the BBC, but I haven’t seen much in U.S. media. Here are a few examples:

There will be time for arguments and politics. But for some of us, this is a time of grief and healing.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.