Well Amigos, The Red Man’s view from the Middle this past weekend was most upsetting as all of us Middlers gathered at the Edge to try to catch a glimpse of the chaos that broke out at a gay club in Orlando, Florida early Sunday a.m. What we saw made us shake our heads at the utter horror of the massacre taking place one more time in the gun-happy USA.
What is wrong with those people? a Middler from Canada turned toward moi and asked, Aren’t you from there? Hey everybody, listen up. Red is from America and has quite the reputation already here in the Middle. He knows it all. Let’s see what he has to say about Orlando.
More Middlers gathered around and started staring and murmuring. Sweet Lady Gaga. For once, I was struggling to find the right words.
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, I said I’m afraid I can’t explain why anyone would behave that way – shooting and killing mostly young people having fun on a Saturday night. I can’t explain it at all.
In the beginning Americans were more likely to be welcoming to newcomers because they were all newcomers. But the USA today is not so bright and shiny new… walls of words and labels divide them and devalue America’s diversity in a world where outside influences are a constant threat. A few of them can be a hot mess, but the majority of Americans still believe the country has stood for opportunity and freedom and the right to pursue happiness; those people will continue the war against inequality, ignorance and insanity.
I am proud to see the old woman Slow and Pretty and Spike and SuperSis make sure Casa de Canterbury shares the pain and sorrow of their brothers and sisters in Orlando and will stand with them against the tyranny of terror. That’ s all I have for you.
The crowd of Middlers seemed satisfied and gradually began to disperse and who did I see at that very moment? Chelsea!! Paw Snaps and Twirls! We are united in the Middle, and she seems as happy to see me as I am to see her! We are redeemed.
We watched the old woman Slow from the Edge together as she placed her little 1993 March on Washington flag on the front porch of Casa de Canterbury in a flower-pot.
Spike and Charly stood at attention for the flag, and Casa de Canterbury will stand at attention with the lgbtq community of Orlando. Of that, I’m sure.