Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest. Its known as a day of relaxation and reflection. It’s the day you plan your week ahead and get all your ducks in a row. It’s a day that millennials have dubbed “Sunday Funday” where you get together with your friends and have a great time. It’s the day where you may acknowledge God and all that he’s done for you and those around you. It’s a day where you know tomorrow could be the start of something wonderful. It’s the day that you prepare for tomorrow. However, for many of us, Sunday was a day of tragedy. Sunday was a day of terror. Sunday was a day of awareness. Sunday was a day that we needed prayer and confirmation more than anything else. Sunday was a day that we knew that some of us didn’t have a tomorrow. Sunday was the day that we were all made aware that a gunman decided to shoot up a popular Gay Nightclub in Orlando. Another mass shooting and more innocent lives lost.
Sunday Morning, June 12, word traveled that a gunman opened fire in Pulse Nightclub killing 49 people and injuring 53 before having a shootout with police which resulted in the gunman being shot to death. What we know is that this person decided to go into a club and shoot innocent people but what we don’t know is why? The news has been reporting this as possible terrorism but I beg to differ. This was a hate crime.
How convenient that this person committed a serious act of violence at a Gay club during Pride Weekend? How fortunate that this man knew where there would be a significant amount of those who were “different” from him all in one place? How ironic that this man happens to claim Islam as religion and a possible link to ISIS? How crazy?
How do we live in a world where people are persecuted for simply living? How do we want to harm those that want to walk in their truth? Who are we to say people can’t be who they would like to be? Let’s think in terms of career. If someone tried to stop you from taking the career path that you wanted to take, what right do they have? I may think that being a farmer is a very lucrative and rewarding career and others may think it’s country, unnecessary, and taxing on the body. Should I not pursue a career in farming because the masses have told me they do not agree or should I do what’s best for me and try my hardest to live the best and fullest life that I can? My life is my own and yours is your own. We have people supporting Donald Trump and are still loved and accepted by their families. That’s called life.
Unless it’s a rare encounter, most of us are not connected by digestive system. “What you eat, won’t make me sh*t!” This means that what I eat will not make you sick, be a slave to the toilet, or awaken your allergies. In simpler terms, what affects me in my life does not affect you and your life. I believe that everyone should be whom and what they want to be and none of us should have a say. I will never deny those close to me because of who they love or how they would like to live. I will love them for who they are to me and be the best friend or relative that I can be. That’s part of the truth that I’m walking in.
My full truth is that I am a Christian woman of Black Race who has friends and family of all genders, sexual orientation, race, and political positions. I was never taught to turn my nose up at someone who disagrees with me or lives a life that I am unfamiliar with. I was taught that God is love and forgiveness. I was taught that he has the right to judge and condemn and I do not. I was taught to accept and agree to disagree. Forgive me if I don’t understand the point of view of those of you who hate me because I’m dark skinned or Christian and I have a crazy love for my best friend who is a man who likes men and I heavily prayed for those families who woke up Sunday morning to find their family members would never be able to return those frantic phone calls and texts. Forgive me! I’ll never understand you and I never want to.
May they #RestInParadise …
#SayTheirNames until we feel their #Pulse!
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Kimberly Morris, 37 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
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