What do you say after Orlando?  I have been consumed with sadness after this horrific event.  And really I can’t find many words.

Except these…we need to stop the madness.  We need to make it harder for people to get and use guns.  We need to make it impossible for anyone to buy assault rifles.  They are not needed by citizens of the USA.

I don’t want to hear the same old, tired, disingenuous arguments about of right to bear arms (“in a well regulated militia”).  This line of reasoning has gotten us nowhere.  I repeat, this line of reasoning has gotten us nowhere.  We need to try something, anything, new to stop the madness of our gun obsessed culture.  Dear God in heaven, it is enough already.

Yes, let us enforce the laws already on the books.   Urgently.  But let us try other things too.  Can’t most sane people in the world understand if you are on a no-fly list, you shouldn’t be able to buy assault rifles?

And the hate behind this location, this nightclub?  We need to start accepting people for who they are and leave our judgements behind.  If Newtown wasn’t our wake up call, if Orlando isn’t our wake up call then we stand for nothing.

Unrelenting sadness…

 

Of course you’ve heard about it, read about it, and heard about it some more.  It covers FB status and nightly news.  Perhaps you are even getting a bit tired of hearing about it.  Tough.

This needs to be a national if not global dialogue until we are all on the same page.  What page?  NO means No.  It is just that simple.  Nothing in ones’ white, privileged background allows anyone to sexually assault an unconscious woman.  Because you see, and why would we even have to say this, if a woman is unconscious she can’t freely give consent.

It has nothing to do with how a woman dresses.  It has nothing to do with how much she drinks. No means no.

Nothing in ones’ white, privileged background allows one, who is duty bound to act impartially, to decide a white males’ future is more important than the future of the woman he violated…without consent.  What does it say, will it say, when Brock Turner gets out of jail September 2, for “good behavior”.  I think the good behavior ship already sailed.  It says to the victim (and there is only one victim here) that men are more important than women. It says, sit down, be quiet and leave it to the male judges to decide the punishment for this rapist.

Nothing in a white mans’ privileged life allows him to reduce his sons’ rape of an unconscious women to “20 minutes of action.”   Perhaps that statement begins to show us where the problem began. You love your son.  Love him enough to hold him accountable for his actions.  Love him enough to help him understand actions have consequences that cannot, should not, be explained away. Brock Turner has a sister and a Mother.  How could his Father make such an outrageous statement, let alone believe it.  (Which it is obvious he does believe.)  God protect your wife and daughter from the likes of you and your son.

Someone said, Brock Turner has had his 15 minutes of fame and we should no longer use his name.  No, Brock Turner deserves to have his name become associated with the term rape.

It scares me to think of who was advising him.  No doubt they were white men, the most well-know attorneys money could buy.  But they, too, are tone deaf and part of the problem.  They should have advised him to say, I am profoundly sorry for my actions.  I have no excuse.  I will spend the rest of my life attempting to atone for my actions.  The end. Because I don’t care that Brock Turner will never swim in the Olympics.  I don’t care that he can’t eat or sleep.  I don’t care that he says he feels remorseful.  That is something that you should take up with a good therapist once you leave prison after a slap on the wrist.  Maybe a therapist could help you discover why you felt privileged to take what wasn’t yours.  Because this didn’t just happen.  This is a deep seated mind set.

You and your family will have to live with that.

 

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C'mon, let's be honest.

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