Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugs a mosque-goer Sunday at the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington, New Zealand. Fifty people are confirmed dead and 36 are injured still in hospital following shooting attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history. Hagen Hopkins | Getty Images
Leaders are leaders by acting as extensions of our better selves. In the wake of Friday’s massacre at a mosque in New Zealand, we feel an immediate powerlessness to express our grief.
Leaders console us by consoling others.
Here’s 56 seconds of what that looks like as a reminder that there is still a role for humanity in politics.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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