silence.

Young woman with fingers in ears

Silence speaks volumes, and as the world recoils in the aftermath of the Pulse Club shooting, never has it been more defeaning for me.  They say the Pulse shooting is the worst gun massacre in modern U.S. history.  It is unique in that it will most likely go down in the history books as a terrorist attack, and a hate crime.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 16: People visit a memorial for those killed at the Pulse nightclub last Saturday night on June 16, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mir Seddique Mateen shot the victims in what appears to be an ISIS inspired attack in which 49 people were killed early Sunday and 53 people were wounded. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL – JUNE 16: People visit a memorial for those killed at the Pulse nightclub last Saturday night on June 16, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mir Seddique Mateen shot the victims in what appears to be an ISIS inspired attack in which 49 people were killed early Sunday and 53 people were wounded. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Right now, there are people trying to absolve Omar Mateen (the Pulse shooter) from having committed a hate crime.  ‘This was not a gay attack, it was just an attack.”

No.

This was a hate crime.

These people were gunned down because they were in a gay night club.

I would be lying if I did not say that the outpouring of love and support from people outside of the LGBT community was not overwhelming and beautiful to see.  Many public figures, celebrities, friend, and family members have spoken up, and out, about this tragedy.

There are some folks, however, that are noticeably absent from the conversations that are happening.

I’m looking through my “Friends” list as pastors, siblings, friends – who have said nothing regarding this. I see you.

Some celebrities, who have risen to fame in large part because of their huge gay following, have said nothing.  As has been reported by many websites, when Nicki Minaj was called out by a fan on twitter, she chose to unfollow him rather than respond.  Are you fucking kidding me?!  This is a woman who claimed to have a gay male alter-ego (Roman).  Her eccentric style was specifically manufactured to appeal to gay men of color.  And you have….no response? Nicki girl, I see you.

Edit: This tweet is circulating.  People are saying Nicki posted this, then deleted it.  I do not know if it is true, but I hope it is not.

Heterosexual black men.  Now before I continue, let me say that I have a lot of people in my life (friends and family) that love me and have spoken out against this tragedy.  But as a whole, the lack of response from Black heterosexual men is painful.  Black men have the most power within the black community, but once again, the expectations for hyper masculinity prevent them from being able to speak up for their LGBT brothers and sisters.  HBCUs.  Black Frats. Neighbors.  Family.  Friends.   I see you.

I see your silence, and I won’t forget it.

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