by Melissa Harris-Perry
January 8, 2011, Americans were shocked by the unthinkable violence in Arizona. A shooting at a political event. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords forever changed, six people dead and 13 others wounded.
One of those killed was 9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green. Born on September 11th, 2001, Christina was a living symbol of hope that persisted despite the tragedy our country faced that day. President Obama spoke about Christina in his speech at the Tucson memorial a few days later:
“I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it.”
The President was imploring us to be better as a nation for Christina. Better, so that no parent, no mother would ever have to endure the loss of a child again. And if they did for whatever reason, that justice would be fair and swift.