Monday, June 13, 2016

Hate will never win: powerful social media reactions to the Orlando nightclub shooting

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"I don't believe things like this happen in a vacuum. I don't believe this is a case of a mentally ill person. I don't believe that this person woke up one day and decided to exercise his hatred. I believe hatred is cultivated. I believe that words and ideologies matter, so much so that they can create a level of hatred that leads someone to kill and violently harm those who are different from them. As I consider this time in history, I can't think about this tragedy that killed our queer family members and not think about the Charleston massacre or the assault on women's bodies or the dehumanization of black and brown people or police brutality. We have been living in a time when hatred has been insipidly cultivated and many of us are missing the connection between words, ideology, and violence. It's not enough for us to pray for Orlando. It's not enough for us to send positive thoughts. It's not enough for us to be sad in this moment. We have got to change how we talk, how we relate, and how we live out our beliefs. We have got to say that hatred in any form is unacceptable; that the life of another is inextricably linked to our own; that love conquers all; that our policies and procedures that make obtaining guns easy (assault rifles for crying out loud!) have got to change; and that anyone and anything that promotes fear and division is not of God and has got to be silenced and shut down. My heart hurts today, much like it does anytime a life is taken by someone who is being guided by hatred. I'm angry. I'm sad. But these emotions have to be the fuel that push me to love and love harder and love out loud.
Take care of yourselves my human family and let us take care of each other." - Rozella Haydee White, program director for young adult ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, via Facebook. 

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