Analysis: The enduring US pattern of intimidating members of vulnerable groups at the places where they congregate

November 24, 2022 at 15:09

Last weekend’s mass shooting at a beloved LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the stuff of nightmares.
The suspect faces five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury, court records show.
Across dozens of mostly Republican-controlled states, lawmakers have passed or introduced a record number of anti-LGBTQ bills this year.
“We’re experiencing a crisis,” Kelley Robinson, the incoming president of the Human Rights Campaign, told Jim Sciutto on CNN Newsroom.
We’ve seen this play out at Club Q in a devastating way.
We’re seeing bomb scares at children’s hospitals.”But the tragedy that shattered Colorado Springs fits into another pattern, too – an enduring US pattern of inflicting violence on or intimidating members of vulnerable groups, including Jewish Americans and Black Americans, at the places where they congregate.
VERS BarRepeated vandalism at New York City gay barPolice on Tuesday arrested a man wanted for throwing a brick at a New York City gay bar, VERS, on several occasions and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, according to the New York Police Department.
He’s doing this during business hours,” David DeParolesa, the owner of the bar, told the New York Times.
They can cause so much love or hate,” Nic Grzecka, the owner of Club Q, told Don Lemon on CNN This Morning.
Adobe StockPotential attack on New York City synagogue thwartedTwo men – 21-year-old Christopher Brown and 22-year-old Matthew Mahrer – were arraigned on multiple charges over the weekend, according to court documents.
They were arrested in connection with a threat against a New York City synagogue.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, warned about what he believes is ballooning hate in the US.
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