What a world we live in.
A lot of people ask questions like, “what has this world come to?” As sad as it is to say, hate crimes are not something new. Tragedy and terrorism are not unfamiliar to us as a country, or as a planet. From the mass shooting in Orlando, to the Holocaust, to slavery, there is one thing they all have in common: hatred. It’s something we as race think we are overcoming, but it is clear that we have a long, treacherous road ahead.
I’ve always liked to think that there is a little bit of good in everyone, but when tragedy of this magnitude strikes, it’s truly difficult for me to stand by that belief. How can some humans have such ugly hearts? How is it that someone can so easily commit a deadly massacre for the mere sake of not agreeing with another person’s sexual orientation? And then declare it's for the love of god? I don't think so. I guess that’s something that we will never understand.
The Orlando shootings hit far too close to home for me. Not only because of its proximity to Tampa, but because of the number of friends and coworkers I have in the LGBTQ community. It literally breaks my heart to think about what they’re all going through right now. It would be unfair to assume that I, as a straight white female, have any inkling of a clue.