Rainbow Street stands with Muslims everywhere
March 15, 2019
In Christchurch, New Zealand today a self-avowed white supremacist opened fire on Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers. So far, 49 of them are dead. Many more are injured.
This heinous act of Islamophobic violence is the most deadly attack in New Zealand’s history. It’s unconscionable in every way.
Rainbow Street stands with the Muslim community of Christchurch and with all marginalized groups who have been targeted by bigoted extremist violence. We grieve with you in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy.
This was not the act of a random vigilante. It’s the result of a global rise in fascism, white supremacy, Islamophobia, and other forms of reactionary hate. And the racist discourse is not limited to fringe hate groups. It has become normalized in mainstream rhetoric, often in the demonization of black and brown people who have been forced to flee their homes.
In this climate, it’s not enough for us to promote the rights and wellbeing of our global LGBT family. We must oppose racism and prejudice in all its forms. LGBT liberation will only come with the liberation of all marginalized communities.
So what must we--especially white allies--do today to counter this dangerous tide of terror? We can openly condemn this violence. We can check in with our Muslim friends and neighbors. We can listen to Muslim leaders. We can educate ourselves about the history of white supremacy so we can recognize it and oppose it as vigorously as we’re able.