Respect for Minorities: Climate of Hate

Go Lean Commentary

CU Blog - Climate of Hate - It Gets Worse Before It Gets Worse - Photo 6This subject of “Respect for Minorities” is dominant in the news right now: there was a terrorism attack in the US city of Orlando, Florida. The assailant targeted a night club (The Pulse) frequented by the LGBT community. On Saturday night/Sunday morning June 11/12, 2016, one man killed 49 patrons and injured another 53 in a hate-filled rampage.

This commentary is 2 of 3 in this series on lamentations for defective social values. This commentary applies to this terrorist attack/hate crime in America and also to other practices of “institutional hate” around the world, like in the Caribbean. The complete series is as follows:

  1. Respect for Minorities: ‘All For One’
  2. Respect for Minorities: Climate of Hate – ‘It Gets Worse Before It Gets Worse’
  3. Respect for Minorities: Reconstruction then Redemption

The actions of this one “bad actor” is a direct consequence of a “climate of hate”. The assailant pledged his allegiance to the fringed fundamentalist Islamic terrorist group ISIS; a group that has expressed their hatred time and again to targets like gays, non-Muslims and symbols of Western civilization. This hatred has manifested in their home territory of Iraq and Syria in the MiddleEast, and “on the road”, in places like Paris-France, Germany, England and San Bernardino-California.

When there is a “climate of hate”, the situation on the ground “gets worse before it gets worse”.

The US has confronted the issue of hate before; they have manifested a laboratory – the Civil War – for a comprehensive lesson to a watching world. The country had such a bad legacy of hate with the issue of racial supremacy and racism. The African American community suffered, along with the rest of the country where over 600,000 deaths –  mostly Whites- were tallied. So first, there was slavery, and the “climate of hate” that propagated it; then there was the Civil War for the abolition of slavery, while still “hot” in a “climate of hate”. Yet, despite these lessons, the “climate of hate” continued for over 100 years with the systematic oppression, suppression and oppression of the African-American/Black population.

In many respect, the climate continues. This incident in Orlando is being hailed as “the worst massacre in US history”, though this is far from the truth. Remember:

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Is the nullification of these events, a fault in memory or lack of respect for the affected minority group – Blacks?

Without a doubt, the American experience with a “climate of hate” should be a cautionary tale for the rest of the world.

Planners for a new Caribbean, the movement behind the book Go Lean … Caribbean, see fitting applications from these American events, from this “climate of hate”, for the Caribbean.

Our Caribbean society, far too often, promotes a “climate of hate”. Consider these three examples:

  • Haitian Immigrants – Many Caribbean countries express vitriol towards Haitian migrants.
  • LGBT – Still clinging to the archaic “Buggery” laws, many countries persecute gays in their society as degenerates.
  • Equality-seeking Women – Just last week, a referendum failed in the Bahamas 3 to 1.

The Caribbean member-states, collectively and individually, need to curb its “climate of hate” and to pay more than the usual attention to the lessons from Orlando. See details here:

Title: What do we call the attack in Orlando? ‘Hate crime’ or ‘terrorism?’
Source: (Posted 06/13/2016; retrieved 06/14/2016) retrieved from:

President Barack Obama has called the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando both a hate crime and terrorism. But experts can’t agree about whether there’s a connection to Islam.

“I have to say,” says GeorgiaStateUniversity professor Mia Bloom, “I think that the president was very on point as far as saying that it doesn’t have to be one thing at the exclusion of others. It was definitely a hate crime, and it was an act of terrorism.”

Bloom has devoted her 27-year career to the study of terrorism and is the author of several books on the subject.

“The extent to which it might have either been directed or inspired by ISIS remains part of the mystery that is unfolding,” she says.

Forty-nine people died and 53 were wounded by the time police took down the single suspected perpetrator, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, around 5 a.m. on Sunday. The nightmare at the popular gay club began around three hours earlier, just as the bartenders were taking last orders.

Mateen was a US citizen, born in the US to an Afghan family. He attended a mosque, but it’s not clear whether he was especially devout. It wasn’t until he was in the midst of the massacre in Orlando that Mateen dialed 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS.

ISIS has claimed him as one of their own, although there is no evidence yet of any prior connection. An FBI investigation in 2014 found no substantial link.

What is becoming clear — from his ex-wife, and from past and present co-workers at G4S, the security firm where Mateen worked — is that he had a history of violence, homophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and he was accused of mental instability.

Citing a report in the Daily Beast that Mateen was friends with at least one drag queen and had been comfortable hanging out with gay people in his teens, Bloom says, “I don’t know if part of the homophobia is an extreme interpretation of his own sexual repressedness. This is not someone who grew in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. This is someone who grew up in the United States, watching TV, being exposed to things like ‘Will and Grace.’ This is not someone who’s never seen two gay people kiss before, especially if he’s hanging out at clubs with people who are cross-dressing.”

Bloom also notes that Mateen started casing gay clubs at least two weeks ago, when he tried to get on the VIP list at another club.

“So he’s basically had two weeks to make his pledge of allegiance [to ISIS] and he didn’t,” she says. “This attack looks to me a lot more like San Bernardino, where you have an individual who has pre-existing issues, and then the veneer of the ISIS affiliation provides either a seriousness or a street-cred, or even — in their perverse way of understanding it — a legitimacy to their actions.”

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that President Obama needs to be more blunt in his characterization of the Orlando attack as an act of “radical Islamic terrorism.” But Daveed Gartenstein-Ross says using this phrase is not particularly important.

“I do think it’s important that one not disguise the motivation that the attacker had in this case, or to deny its connections to other strands of theological thought,” Gartenstein-Ross says, adding that Trump has gone too far with this rhetoric.

“The fact is that this is not an attack that represents the American Muslim community,” he says. “The American Muslim community has a right to grieve with all of the rest of us and shouldn’t be singled out as being different.”

At the same time, Gartenstein-Ross says the suspect “may be many other things as well, but he claimed this attack on behalf of ISIS. And he went after a set of victims that groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda have been known to target.”

“Factually, you cannot get around the notion that [Mateen] is a radical Islamist,” he says.

It seems irrelevant, however, for policy makers to be arguing about phrases like “radical Islamic terrorism” so soon after the Orlando massacre, says Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution.

Hamid says Trump’s rhetoric “is actually a stand-in for something darker.”

“This is a way of essentially castigating Muslims without explicitly doing it,” says Hamid, the author of a new book called “Islamic Exceptionalism: How Islam is Shaping the World,” which argues that US policy makers are not very good at talking about religion, especially in the Muslim world.

“Someone like President Obama, [a] self-styled technocrat who doesn’t like to be aroused by the passions of politics, he has, I think, a lot of trouble taking these motivations seriously,” Hamid says. “The way he’s traditionally talked about ISIS … is problematic, where he dismisses them oftentimes as a bunch of thugs and fanatics, as if he can’t even bring himself to take them seriously as a global force.”

For her part, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared to shift her rhetoric on Monday. Clinton said she would not hesitate to describe the attack in Orlando as “radical Islamism,” something she has been reluctant to do in her recent rhetoric.

Clinton went on to say that she will not, “demonize and demagogue,” like Donald Trump, because “it’s plain dangerous.”


AUDIOOrlando: ‘Hate crime’ or ‘Terrorism’?

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The tragedy in Orlando provides a number of lessons for the Caribbean. This is an issue of economics, security, governance and overall spirit in society. These are all important subjects for the book Go Lean…Caribbean. The book serves as a roadmap for elevating Caribbean society – for its 42 million residents and 80 million visitors, across the 30 member-states – by introducing and implementing the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU).

The quest of the Go Lean roadmap, to make the Caribbean homeland a better place to live, work and play. The CU, applying best-practices for community empowerment has these 3 prime directives, proclaimed as follows:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion & create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to protect the resultant economic engines and ensure the respect of human rights and public safety.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines.

Despite any leanings on the question of homosexuality, a massacre against 100 people in one incident is first and foremost a tragedy. Consider these direct lessons from this tragedy:

  • This attack in Orlando will surely affect the city’s tourism through put. In a previous blog-commentary, it was detailed that the Disney World attraction enjoys 53 million visitors, alone.
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  • This is a terrorism case study. The Go Lean roadmap is designed to mitigate the threats of terrorism. Consider too, the issue of gun controls; the need for reform may be too big to resist … this time.
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  • The governing officials – city, county, State of Florida and the US President – see/listen to the AUDIO) – are campaigning against the ‘climate of hate’ that propelled this assailant and others in society that may have refused to tolerate and integrate with their LGBT neighbors. This ‘climate of hate’ is being discouraged towards any minority group.
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How exactly can the Go Lean/CU roadmap impact the community spirit, so as to dissuade a ‘climate of hate’?

This relates to community ethos. The Go Lean book (Page 20) defines community ethos as the national spirit that drives the character and identity of its people. It is revealed that changing community ethos is hard, heavy-lifting, but there are effective strategies-tactics for accomplishing this.

We have a ‘climate of hate’ in the Caribbean, the Go Lean book therefore details a series of community ethos to adopt, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute to forge permanent change in the homeland:

Community Ethos – Economic Systems Influence Choices & Incentives Page 21
Community Ethos – Consequences of Choices Lie in the Future Page 21
Community Ethos – Anti-Bullying and Mitigation Page 23
Community Ethos – Minority Equalization Page 24
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Future Page 26
Community Ethos – Ways to Manage Reconciliations Page 34
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Greater Good Page 37
Strategy – Vision –  Integrate region into a Single Market Economy Page 45
Strategy – Agents of Change – Globalization Page 57
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Department of Homeland Security Page 75
Implementation – Ways to Foster International Aid Page 115
Planning – 10 Big Ideas … in the Caribbean Region – Haiti & Cuba Page 127
Planning – Ways to Improve Failed-State Indices Page 134
Planning – Lessons from East Germany – European Post-War Rebuilding – Attitudes Page 139
Planning – Lessons from the US Constitution – Progressive &  Evolutionary Page 145
Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy Page 151
Advocacy – Ways to Create Jobs Page 152
Advocacy – Ways to Foster Empowering Immigration – Case Study of Indian Migrants Page 174
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Justice Page 177
Advocacy – Ways to Remediate and Mitigate Crime Page 178
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Gun Control Page 179
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Homeland Security Page 180
Advocacy – Ways to Mitigate Terrorism Page 181
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Intelligence Gathering & Analysis Page 182
Advocacy – Ways to Protect Human Rights Page 220
Advocacy – Ways to Help Women – Mitigate Gender-based Violence Page 226
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Youth – Message new Community Ethos – Inclusion Page 227
Advocacy – Ways to Impact the Dominican Republic – Climate of Hate against Haiti Page 237
Advocacy – Ways to Re-boot Haiti – Regional Climate of Hate against Haiti Page 238
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Trinidad & Tobago – Indo versus Afro Climate Page 240
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Guyana – Indo versus Afro Climate Page 241
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Belize – Cross Border Climate with Guatemala Page 242
Advocacy – Ways to Impact US Territories – Interracial Climate Page 244

The related subjects of human rights and civil rights dysfunction in the Caribbean and other communities around the world have been a frequent topic for blogging by the Go Lean promoters, as sampled here: Caribbean Image: ‘Less Than’? A Lesson in History – Frederick Douglass Single Cause: Respect! Caribbean “Climate of Hate” Inviting to ISIS Street naming for Martin Luther King unveils a “Climate of Hate” ‘The Covenant with Black America’ – Ten Years Later Women in Politics – The Fight for Gender Equality A Lesson in History – After the Civil War: “Climate of Hate” Continues A Lesson in History – During the Civil War: Principle over Principal A Lesson in History – Before the Civil War: Human Rights Compromise A Lesson in History – Hurricane ‘Katrina’ exposed a “Climate of Hate” Buggery in Jamaica – Blatant LGBT Bias in the Caribbean American Defects: Racism – Is It Over? Racial Legacies: Cause and Effect A Lesson in History – Royal Charter: Zimbabwe -vs- South Africa A Lesson in History – Royal Charter: Truth & Consequence A Lesson in History: the ‘Grand Old Party’ of American Politics A Lesson in History: Booker T versus Du Bois A Lesson in History: 100 Years Ago Today – World War I A Lesson in History: America’s War on the Caribbean

All of the Caribbean needs to learn from the experiences of our American neighbors, like in Orlando. The Go Lean book asserts that a “crisis is a terrible thing to waste” (Page 8).

Notice how the Orlando community is coming together! This is a crisis! It is not being wasted!

This is not the first time the LGBT community has been targeted for violence; they have frequently been bullied – this is Terrorism 101. Their demographic is a minority group that needs more respect.

When is enough, enough?

Fixing the American eco-system is out-of-scope for the Go Lean roadmap. Our focus is fixing the Caribbean. Considering the acute and pronounced “climate of hate” in our region, we have a lot of work to do to garner more respect for our minorities.

The Go Lean/CU roadmap specifies best practices to effect change in society, the attitudes and actions. Success in these efforts will reform and transform our climate, and assure public safety and justice for all. This quest is worth all our efforts.

When is the right time to start these efforts? Now…

Now … is the time for all of the Caribbean to lean-in to this roadmap and learn the lessons from history or other communities – successful, plus unsuccessful. The Go Lean book posits that the Caribbean is in a serious crisis, but asserts that this crisis would be a terrible thing to waste. The people and governing institutions of the Caribbean region are hereby urged to assimilate this Big Deal for the Caribbean region; this is a real solution to change the climate. 🙂

Download the book Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

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