Monday, June 12, 2017

After Orlando's night of terror, has come a year of racism

By Adam Manno

ORLAND0, Fla.---A year ago today, a mass shooting during a Latin-theme dance night at Pulse, a popular gay bar in Orlando, Fla., left 49 people dead, more than 50 injured and the city — particularly its L.G.B.T. and Latino communities — shaken. I remember being amazed by the swift and empathetic response from the city and much of the country. Part of me felt accepted, understood and even coddled in the midst of this harrowing event. Another part felt more targeted than ever. My mom is from the Dominican Republic... but my dad is from Pakistan. I am used to being treated as a suspicious person. This stereotyping has gotten much worse since the Pulse shooting, because despite the outpouring of support for L.G.B.T. and Latino people, the tragedy became an excuse to vilify Muslims before the 2016 presidential election. [More]