Sunday, June 19, 2016

Snip, Snip, A Little Whitewash Here…

Have you noticed that we have been whitewashed out of some news reports on the tragedy in Orlando? There are some news media reports that do not mention that it was a LGBT nightclub and are focusing on the killers ISIS statement.
National GOP Cut LGBT People From Its Response to Orlando Shooting
The Republican Party cut out a reference to the LGBT identity of the Orlando victims in a revised press release.
The Advocate
By Nico Lang
June 17, 2016

The Republican National Committee won’t say gay.

Earlier this week, the RNC released its official statement on the Pulse shooting, which claimed the lives of 49 people in Orlando. There was, however, one thing missing from the group’s statement: an acknowledgement of the victims’ LGBT identities.

In its initial statement, the national GOP recognized that the shooting, the largest in U.S. history, was an attack on the LGBT community. Even then, the language was brief and rather vague. “Violence against any group of people simply for their lifestyle or orientation has no place in America or anywhere else,” the original press release read.

The group would later decide to cut that language out when the RNC’s official statement was released to the public Monday. It was replaced with a denunciation of Islamic extremism.
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In an interview with Mashable, Lindsay Walters, a spokeswoman for the RNC, defended the change. “Walters said the revision was meant to be more inclusive because it invoked a common humanity and referenced all Americans instead of singling out LGBT people,” Mashable reports.

But Log Cabin Republicans president Gregory T. Angelo said that the amendment is indicative of the way the GOP has largely cut LGBT people out of their own tragedy.
The RNC comments about being more inclusive makes sense on the surface but with more and more evidence that the main motive was the shooter hatred of the LGBT community the RNC explanation of why we were cut from their statement doesn’t hold water.

It seems the killer was struggling with many internal conflicts of self-hate and his inability to find a sex partner is what brought him to kill and that his ISIS comments were just an afterthought.
Shannon Minter, the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told Mashable that this trend is indicative of how willing the Republican Party is to deny the humanity of LGBT people.

“Even in the face of such a horrific attack on our community,” Minter said, “the RNC cannot bring itself to embrace LGBT people or to acknowledge that anti-LGBT hate violence is a serious, nationwide problem.”
When you use hate for votes and donations you are reasonable for what that hate lead to.  I not saying that the Republicans cause the Orlando massacre but their policies of anti-gay legislation and rhetoric has nurtured the hatred that is causing more bullying, harassment, and discrimination against LGBT people. It has also caused an increase in calls to suicide hotlines.

2 comments:

Pat Scales said...

Today the DOJ under Loretta Lynch plans to release redacted versions of the calls that the shooter made to law enforcement. They are whitewashing out the references to ISIS and the shooter's support of the Islamic state. It seems that the PC crowd in the administration wish to continue to ignore the threat to Americans, LGBT and others, that their policies have created in the past 7+years.

Diana_CT said...

You missed the entire point of my post, I didn't deny his stated connection with ISIS but rather I pointed out that Republican politicians and conservatives are denying the fact that it was a LGBT night club that he attacked.
He seems to be a person who was in deep conflict with his faith and his sexual orientation. He targeted the source of his conflict the LGBT nightclub.
As the Advocate article says the RNC choose not to mention the fact that it was a LGBT nightclub.
Out Magazine said,
“Known for his anti-LGBT legislation, Texas Republican politician Pete Sessions argued that Pulse nightclub is not a gay club.”
The Washington Post said that…
“In a tweet, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) referred generally to "the victims" of the shooting.”
“Similarly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not mention the LGBT community in his reaction.”
“Neither Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) or Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — all members of key national security committees — mentioned the LGBT aspect.”
And in Florida, the Washington Post said,
“Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), whose 10th District covers some of Orlando's suburbs, made no such connection.”
The Democrats have not denied the ISIS connection but the Republicans in their bias against anything LGBT just can’t bring themselves to say that his target was LGBT people.