Kendrick Castillo

Kendrick Castillo (Kendrick Castillo.)

There is a meme circulating the socials today celebrating the heroism of Kendrick Castillo.

He is a hero beyond measure, and I agree with the sentiment of burying the names of those who seek notoriety by dealing death.

And yet, I have mixed feelings about the memetification of his act of selflessness.

If this were a one-time occurrence…

My worry is that we are dangerously close to fetishizing this sort of heroic sacrifice so that it becomes a way to sublimate our will to do anything about it. The last thing I want is to feel warm fuzzies when I read about a child’s death.

It feels similar to putting a grieving war widow on display during a State of the Union address or showing us the largess of a person donating their time and money to the people of Flint, MI in lieu of real institutional redress.

Please don’t misunderstand. Kendrick Castillo should be celebrated for a sacrifice that most of us will never be tested on.

But let’s not forget to also honor him by ending our disgusting belief in the redemptive power of the gun.

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