Carroll: How do we move forward with the hate confronting us?

In the aftermath of the deadly Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs, I’m struggling to reconcile the promise of America with the anti-LGBTQ hate engulfing our nation. I intentionally chose to frame this as a collective rather than focus exclusively on the actions of the Club Q killer. This type of hate-motivated violence doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and people aren’t radicalized through spontaneous combustion.

William Faulkner once wrote, “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” I suppose this is true in this case. My darling is my unbridled hope and belief that this nation, despite some significant speed bumps, continues an inevitable march toward a fully inclusive democracy. My currency is hope, but for now I must kill it to truly express the depth of my grief and anger over the Club Q shooting.

Although the targets are ostensibly different, the attacks on LGTBQ nightclubs, synagogues and Black churches are attempts to dehumanize and terrorize the LGTBQ, Jewish, and Black communities in our traditional safe spaces. Once a safe place is desecrated, it is never the same again. That special thing, which makes the space sacred, loses some if not all of its life-giving power. This gets to the core of my grief and despair.  I grieve because another community has been denied the joy of its sacred space. I’m angered because hate has forced another community to mourn its dead.

A while back, I walked by a church with an outdoor bulletin board that read, “Rather than a wall, America needs to build a giant mirror to reflect on what we’ve become.” This message was intended as a rebuke of Trump’s immigration policies, but the “wall” may as well be the violence directed toward the LGTBQ community. According to a recent report by the Human Rights Campaign, in 2022, at …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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