In case you are unaware, on June 12th, a lone gunman entered Pulse, an Orlando gay club and proceeded to murder, injure, and hold hundreds of people hostage. News outlets have been referring to this as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States. The first time I saw someone post questioning whether this was the “deadliest” shooting or not, specifically reference the Tulsa Massacre and Black Wall Street, I just ignored it, hoping it was a single misguided thought that happened to stumble its way onto Facebook, but as more of my Facebook friends have been jumping on the bandwagon, I feel like I need to talk to my people for a minute. My Black people. We, of all people, should know that no good will ever come from playing the Oppression Olympics.

And we, more than any other group, should know better. Our pain cannot and will not ever negate the pain of our fellow brothers and sisters, and quite frankly, referencing it at a time like this is inappropriate. I cannot tell you how many times I have shared my experience as a Black person with someone to have them immediately minimize my experience by telling me about Irish slaves or the Holocaust.

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