I attended a retirement brunch for a couple of my colleagues this morning, and I had to swing by the office to pick up a couple of final exams for students who took theirs at the disabled students center. I've recorded those now and posted my final course grades online.
I'm good to go for summer vacation, heh.
Of course, the Orlando attack is dominating the news, as it should be. See Memeorandum.
I'll be updating throughout the day, but one of the better reports I saw yesterday was from Karen Tumulty, at WaPo, "The new norm: When tragedy hits, Americans stand divided" (via Memeorandum):
Not since 9/11 has a moment like this brought the nation together, and that evaporated quickly. Since then, calamity seems only to drive the left and the right further apart, while faith in the nation’s institutions deteriorates further.Keep reading.
Across the ideological and partisan divide, it no longer seems possible to even explore — much less agree upon — causes and solutions. So the response has been muddled, even while the next tragedy looms.
Chase Strangio, who's a Staff Attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & AIDS Project, really captured all that is wrong with the left's response to the attack. Naturally, for hardline LGBT activists, the problem is right-wing "homophobia" and the conservative "climate of hate."
This stuff is actually hard for me to read, it's so sickening and divorced from what's really going on:
Glad funders think LGBT movement is over. Between this & the anti-trans bills and vitriol I think it's safe to say we have some work to do.— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2016
I spend my life fighting Christian homophobia while being loved & supported by my Muslim family. Fuck your take on an entire religion.— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2016
I don't care who shooter claimed allegiance to. We don't have to look beyond the hateful culture right here to understand how this happened— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2016
From arrests of groups of trans woc for loitering to shootings at gay clubs, survival mechanisms for queers lead to criminalization & death.— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2016
To my queer Latinx siblings-you are so beautiful. I recommit to fighting for queer & trans people of color. We are all complicit in this.— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 13, 2016
More, from Robert Stacy McCain, "Blame-Shifters: Democrats Use #Orlando to Scapegoat Christians, GOP, NRA."