I live about 100 miles from Milwaukee. So this mass killing is in my neighborhood. But beyond that, I and the victims are neighbors at a different level: we are Americans. Americans whose belief in an inclusive country of immigrants is tested by the murderous actions of another murderous, male, white, failure. We seem to have a lot of these guys appearing lately.
For too long, we have had a mythology taught by manipulative people, that makes one particular group of people, Evangelical, ostensibly straight, and definitely white people, think they are entitled to success. When some of them, on merit, do not achieve success; they react badly. One does not see a black group like Westboro Baptist, or Focus on the Family!
So, I have and will continue to pray for the Sikh dead and wounded, and for their caregivers. I will also pray for forgiveness. Not forgiveness for the violence, I had no hand in that, but for my participation no matter how small, in the mythology.
I do not think I directly contribute to the idiot idea of a White, Protestant, Male - led, exclusive America. But I probably have not spoken against that myth every time I could, and for that I do indeed crave forgiveness. When was the last time you spoke up?