Seeing my son’s message waiting for me this morning with the subject line reading “Club Shooting” made it the first message I clicked on.
“Dad, I know you already heard about it but I just wanted to let you know I’m ok.”
I didn’t have a clue, so I typed him back saying send me the article, thinking it was just another all too familiar hate crime against the LGBTQ community. Twenty minutes later getting off the computer I noticed a crowed looking up at the television and when I joined them, I realized there was a terrorist attack at the club my son is known to frequent, leaving 50 people dead and another 53 injured.
My heart skipped a beat even already knowing my son was ok, but that inherit parental instinct took over and I needed to hear his voice. Holding my breath as I dialed his number, I was able to breath a deep sigh of relief only after he accepted my call. For some reason, my party like a rock star son changed his plans of going to club Pulse last night and decided to go home early, a miracle in and of itself.
A few weeks ago I posted about how every time I hear about a hate crime against people in the LGBTQ community, I have concerns for my son’s well being. When I received a message from a man who’s brother is gay, discussing how his father accepted and loved him unconditionally, what stood out was the fact that his father was a devout Muslim.
Although the young man responsible for this horrific crime stated his allegiance to ISIS in his distorted claim of being a Muslim, we must not allow his misguided anger and hatred reflect on how we view the Muslim community as a whole.
I’m not Muslim, and I’m not Gay, but I have Muslims friends and I’m the proud father of a homosexual son.
One of the most difficult lines I wrote in “Voice for the Silent Fathers” was admitting that as a black man, I was being prejudiced against my own flesh and blood. At one time I allowed my fears to supersede love. So let’s make sure this horrible act that derives from the fear of what’s not understood by some, doesn’t have a ripple effect in causing us to fear the Muslim community. This would only cause more separation and the true love of God reflects Unity.
Shameful acts of terror attempt to promote fear, but I’m confident that in the days and weeks to come, the caring love and support for the LGBTQ community and for humanity as a whole will once again express to the world that love always concurs fear!
To all of the parents, families and friends of the ones that lost their lives I send my deepest condolences. For those that were injured, I wish you a speedy recovery both physically and emotionally.
Eddie K. Wright aka Gangster turned Guru