Don’t be fooled by the claims that the murderer is an ISIS operative who moved here. He was an American citizen. Don’t be fooled that this was just an attack on Florida’s LGBTQ+ community by a radicalized religion. Half of the people claiming this have radicalized Christianity to push for anti-LGBT laws in the United States and “Kill the Gays” laws in other countries. Don’t get distracted by the talk of gun control and why we should ban assault rifles. If we REALLY wanted to end widespread gun violence, we would be restricting hand guns. The root of this attack, and these tertiary causes that people have been doling out to attack their ideological opponents is stupid, dumb, fragile masculinity.
About 5 months ago, I wrote about #MasculinitySoFragile, and how volatile modern masculinity is. This attack on #Pulse in #Orlando is an example of stupid, dumb, fragile masculinity in action after it was poked. He was violent to his wife. He was obsessed with NYPD, or at least his vision of the NYPD. He spewed racist and sexist things without being checked on it. He claimed that he was vehemently sick at seeing two men kiss, but it turns out he had an account on a gay dating app. Most importantly, HE FREQUENTED THE GAY CLUB THAT HE SHOT UP.
The murderer wasn’t an Islamic extremist. He just took Islam and made it into a thing he could hide behind to excuse his actions. He claimed allegiance to Hezbollah, but on his 911 call claimed allegiance to ISIS…Hezbollah is Shia, ISIS is Sunni. They don’t get along that well. He was in closet about his own sexuality and conflicted about his masculinity, because we teach our children that those two things cannot run parallel. Homosexuality, bisexuality, or ANY sexuality have nothing to do with “manliness”, and until we wrap our heads around this long lost idea, we can expect more violence like this, no matter what the excuse the masses give.
I’m sick of hoteps claiming that homosexuality was introduced to Africa by the Euorpean explorers. There was a gay Ugandan king before the Europeans knew how to say Uganda. The Mbundu Kingdom was ruled by what we might now call a trans man, who had a harem of men who dressed as women. Native Angolans honored marriages between two men, all before the Portuguese came. Europeans didn’t introduce homosexuality. They introduced homophobia. White hoteps (broteps?) claim exactly the same thing, but they say that Europeans “saved” indigenous peoples from their “sinful ways”. Homosexuality has been here since animals existed. It will never disappear, no matter how much you try to do so. This new hyper-volatile masculinity that explodes at the hint of any deviance is the interloper, and it is a danger to women, gays, lesbians, trans people of all ages. That is what needs to disappear. If a straight dude with an average IQ can see that, then you can. If you have said, “No son of mine will play with a Barbie doll”, you are part of the problem. If you are cold to your friend because he says he’s more interested in dance and sewing than football and baseball, you are part of the problem. If you have used the term, “You ____ like a girl”, you are part of the problem. If you’ve been spreading the “homosexuality is destroying the ____ community” lie, then you’re not only part of the problem; you are the problem.