For the past few days I have been struggling with my own reflections on the Virginia Tech tragedy.  My draft post right now is just a mess of personal reactions, big picture thoughts and everything in between.  Sometimes a simple word of encouragement is all that is needed.  This painful time in our culture has brought forth issues of violence, mental health, safety and race.  Then today, I was sent this letter.   I find it profound that the National Korean Presbyterian Council felt the need to write the following letter to the president of Virginia tech.
NkpcThe unspoken words are that the shooter was one of their own and there
is deep sorrow for that reality.   Not that it would have been better
if it were a person of another culture, but as an Asian-American I too
have this great sadness that the person who did this was part of my ethnic family. I feel in some ways betrayed because whether or not we
want to, the burden of this act now falls on the shoulders of Asian
American (especially immigrants)  who must deal with the looks, the suspicions, etc.  This is
not a new feeling for my African American and Latino American brothers
and sisters, I know.  While I am not as naive to think that we are
beyond the culture jumping on issues of race when it comes to events such as this, there has been a great
deal of focus on his ethnic background, his social skills, his immigration
status, his mental health, etc. It seems that in our trying understand how this can happen – and to give ourselves some security that it can’t happen again – the picture is being painted that he was not "normal" (white,
healthy, American, sociable, middle class, etc.) – I suppose a natural
reaction to try and make sense of such an abnormal act.  Not sure what
to do with that, other than continue to try and be faithful in a word
that sometime will just not make sense no matter how hard we try.

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