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Orlando mass shooting and fear in Hempstead

Today I attended a prayer rally in Hempstead, offered on behalf of the dead and wounded in Orlando's big gay nightclub, Pulse, The rally was also offered on behalf of Hempstead loved ones who have met early deaths by suicide or assault, especially those who have been killed by bullets.
     The prayer rally mainly included about 50 members of the church (Miracle Christian Church, led by Bishop David Gates) that sponsored it. The worship style is African American Pentecostal, with a dance team of women clad in long white dresses and red overvests. Both the music and the dance were very well done.
     In hearing the prayers, in talking with church members afterward, I see up close how dreadful one hate crime can be (especially one with so many dead -- 50 dead including the gunman, 53 wounded). if one group is attacked, all minority groups feel vulnerable.  The same type of attack might not occur, that is, African Americans won't be attacked by someone who targets homosexuals.  Nonetheless, any member of an outgroup will recall attacks throughout history, and fight a nausea of uncertainty about the future. This effect cannot be prevented.  I am glad I attended the rally, not only because I met lovely people, but because I added my mite of support to assuage the pain of history.

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