At least 39 of the 49 people killed in the Orlando shooting had Spanish names. The killer choose Latinx night (a night when People of the Global Majority were specially invited to come to the club), to commit this awful crime.
While no link to any outside terrorist group has been established, mainstream media continues to focus on terrorism stemming from groups outside the United States. The killer was born and raised in Florida! According to many residents of the Global Majority** and the Southern Poverty Law Center***, daily racism in addition to homophobia, is practiced in Florida.
I have not read any accounts in any mainstream media that address Florida racism connected to these killings. I have not read any account discussing the terrorism that is spawned when politicians, judges, district attorneys, and other leaders make statements that contribute to a pubic atmosphere that make it seem okay to mistreat and kill people you don’t like.
I wonder what would happen if the mainstream media were able to acknowledge and examine the role played by racism and internalized racism in the execution of this horrible crime. I wonder what would happen if mainstream media were able to examine the ongoing damage done to us all by racism. I wonder what might happen if mainstream media were able to write or utter the word, ‘racism”.
* Stanley Almodovar III, Amanda Alvear, Oscar A Aracena-Montero, Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, Angel L. Candelario-Padro, Juan Chevez-Martinez, Luis Daniel Conde, Deonka Deidra Drayton, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Mercedez Marisol Flores, Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Frank Hernandez, Miguel Angel Honorato, Javier Jorge-Reyes, Jason Benjamin Josaphat, Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, Alejandro Barrios Martinez, Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Joel Rayon Paniagua, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Enrique L. Rios, Jr., Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, Edward Sotomayor Jr., Martin Benitez Torres, Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, Luis S. Vielma, Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon.
** People of the Global Majority –POGM- the Peoples of Africa, Asia, the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and the People of South, Central and Caribbean America – the majority of the people of the world.
***The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization that monitors hate crimes in the United States, including racism.