My piece on the #ChapelHillShooting was published on the Huffington Post Chicago page. I know you bloodsuckers don’t read my blog, but I’ll post it here anyways because it makes me feel better about myself and my Klout score. I have sooooo much self-love that I have to check it in because it doesn’t fit on airplane overhead compartments, ya bish. I digress. This is a very solemn and pressing topic:
“Will we millennials be “one community” when there isn’t a hashtag de jour to capture our attention? What are the chances that we will be mindful of the plight of others when the mainstream media is painfully slow in bringing those stories to the forefront? Will ad hoc coalitions crystallize only when we’re in crisis mode? Or will we have the bonds of solidarity in place beforehand, ready to protect one another, ready to proactively address what ails or isolates our communities, and solidly in place to maintain an atmosphere of inclusion, altruism, love and trust? This is what we need to ask ourselves in the wake of this tragedy. We cannot afford to sputter through what lays ahead in a reactionary, “deer in the headlights” fashion.
True power is what happens when the collective buys in, acts as one unit, one human body. Does hate-speech and bigotry stand a chance against an active and engaged citizenry — one that holds the principle of togetherness front and center? If your answer is “No”, then you’re not looking hard enough: there were legions of people like Deah, Yusor and Razan out there — from all backgrounds, Muslims, atheists or otherwise — carrying candles sputtering in the cold, shaken to the core because three of their own were taken from them.”