Our phone lines had been busy all day with calls of condolences, people offering prayers and venting their frustration about the Aurora movie theater tragedy last Friday. We also received numerous calls from media outlets across the country and as far away as China, asking for assistance in reporting on the incident.
We have been interviewed by other media outlets asking how this tragedy affects communities of color. At a prayer vigil last Friday evening, one Reverend said “the devil is colorblind.” You can’t gauge feelings due to a horrific event solely by the color of your skin.
From our interactions with community members and those attending the various prayer vigils, we have been met with all folks showing genuine compassion and concern. But mostly people are asking “how can we help" the victims.
We generally don’t publish numerous articles about these types of situations due to the overwhelming coverage it will get from mainstream media. Our feelings are that conventional media exploits victims of tragedy, and overloads peoples' minds with these incidents that we feel eventually de-sensitize our society.
When there is a unique and different perspective we think should be examined then we take the lead to offer available resources and the communities’ thoughts. Mental illness is a key factor in offering insight as to why these types of incidents continue to happen. Our society does not look at the ramifications of mental illness and how it is related to violent acts.
This week we share opinions from various columnists in Colorado and across the country, offering their opinion from a broad spectrum of focus points. Also, we offer helpful tips gathered from various mental health agencies to assist people who are suffering mentally and emotionally from this tragedy or are in need of mental health
Fast urges Congress to end moral crisis
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José Martínez wins prestigious educator award
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Katherine Archuleta: First Latina director of OPM
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She will be the first Latina to hold this ...
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