Mass shooting, Orlando, Florida
"Let us be enraged about injustice, but let us not be destroyed by it."
This nation has been through this far too many times. Yet again, another mass shooting. Yet again, a person motivated by hate, equipped with a deadly weapon ends the lives of innocent people and severely injures many others. Yet again, we cry along with the loved ones left behind. Yet again, we grieve and try to make sense of the tragedy.
Within hours of the reports of the shooting, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, and people of all faiths came together to denounce an attack on our LGBTQ communities. People across the globe came out in solidarity to speak out against terrorism of all kinds. Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower were bathed in rainbow colors to let the world know that all of us deserve to live our lives in peace.
As Bayard Rustin said, after the outrage, we must rededicate ourselves and re-energize ourselves to continue the fight against bigotry and hate. We must transform from hate and violent aggression against humanity to love and acceptance as active support for a multicultural, multi-faceted, diverse society. In this critical election year, we must support candidates that know how to heal this country. Such healing begins with acknowledging the rights of each and every citizen, and rediscovering that our differences in race, gender, sexuality, and religion should not lead to hate.
Since its founding over 25 years ago the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) continues to be the largest professional organization with the sole purpose of ensuring that our education system promotes social justice and educational equity. Education remains one of our strongest tools in ensuring that our students are educated with the skills, attitudes, compassion, empathy and cultural competence needed in our increasingly diverse world. We must educate against intolerance and ignorance, and for the loving energy that actively fights against injustice, violence, and apathy.