(American Prospect) -- With 49 victims dead in a shooting attack at a gay Latino nightclub on Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, LGBT people all over the country are experiencing a kind of grief that only members of marginalized communities can fathom: that of being targeted simply for the fundamentals of one’s identity, for all that it represents to those who hate you. The same is surely true for Latinos, who have absorbed an epic level of hate speech aimed at them this election campaign.
The shooter’s last-minute self-identification with the extremist Islamist insurgency, ISIS, is providing sustenance to self-described Christians who wish us harm. Now, along come the haters, posing as our champions.
“Our nation is at war. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from Fort Hood to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to last night’s horrific attack in Orlando, radical Islamic terrorism has declared jihad on America,” Ted Cruz, United States senator from Texas and vanquished Republican presidential candidate, wrote in a statement issued the day of the massacre.
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