"I Felt Let Down By America": Actress And Scientist Mayim Bialik Wrote An Emotional Essay After The Horrific Pittsburgh Shooting

Date October 31, 2018 10:05

Mass shootings have become a sad reality in the United States. In many cases, these are acts perpetrated by deranged gunmen targeting random people, but the shooting that happened in Pittsburgh on October 27 wasn’t random – it was a hate crime against the Jewish people.


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The gunman, identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburg, and mercilessly gunned down eleven people. After a shoot-out with the local police and SWAT officers, the gunman was apprehended and taken into custody.


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The horrific crime reflects a larger nationwide problem: anti-Semitism reared its ugly head again. And many American Jews feel afraid and let down.


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“I felt let down by America”

Mayim Bialik is best known for her role in The Big Bang Theory, but acting is just one of many things she does in life. She’s also a neuroscientist, activist, and mom-of-two.

After the horrific attack on a Jewish congregation, Bialik felt immense pain and sadness like anyone who has a heart. And she decided not to stay silent; she wrote an emotional essay and published it on Grok Nation (a popular website she herself founded).

For Bialik, the attack feels deeply personal. She wrote:

Even I have been surprised at how much this feels like it happened to my family.

In the essay, she mentioned some painful moments in the history of Jewish people and her own family history: her grandparents fled persecution and settled in the United States.

I felt helpless. I felt scared. I felt let down by America. My grandparents came here to escape this. Where is my home? Certainly I didn’t feel very at home this weekend. 

Anti-Semitism is on the rise, again. It’s hard to believe that it’s happening in the country that helped defeat the most hateful anti-Semitic regime in modern history. So now is the time to mourn and think what went wrong. Bialik wrote:

I know eventually I’ll need to talk about things like gun control, mental illness, hate speech and how this all played a part in what happened. But not now.

Now is the time to feel sadness. And to turn inward. Yes, I feel protective. Of my people. Of my identity, of my prayers, and of my people’s story. We have been through so much. We have conquered and survived. We have heroes among us, and we have some who do not always exemplify our best intentions. We are a people like every other. We want to live and thrive. We want to practice our religion, celebrate our culture, and live in peace alongside others who seek to live alongside us in peace.


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Other public figures expressed condolences and condemned the attack

A number of prominent people, including many celebrities, took to social media to express their sadness and denounce the horrific attack. Here are some reactions:

As Mayim Bialik wrote, now is the time to feel sadness. Once the reality sinks in, we’ll have to start thinking what to do to prevent such horrible crimes from happening again.

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