By Colin Flaherty
“This year has been exciting and terrifying. So many tragedies inflicted on the full spectrum of non-white males in my country.
I have spent many days trying to understand this moment in our history. Feeling so proud of what we have all accomplished.
Sobbing with the country at the death of the young, beautiful people in Orlando. Crying to my father after watching Philando Castile pass in real time in front of the whole world.
His strong and beautiful girlfriend having the strength to show that story to an already grieving country.
And through it all watching the women in my life spend the year in worried apprehension.
Trying to be excited for the future, and all the while listening as others rallied around chants of hate and fear toward people of color, people of other religions, people of the lesser sex, people who don’t check one gender box.