Confronting hate in our society: There is no ‘other’ | Faith Matters

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It’s been almost 10 years now since 13-year-old Zainee Hailey of Newark was shot and killed on her own porch on Christmas night. She was an innocent bystander in a shooting that also took the lives of two teenage boys when a 15-year-old sought to avenge a slight of his girlfriend. I found this act so horrific that it raised my consciousness about the increasing innocent murders and violence in impoverished urban areas. After the massacre of five people in November in a Colorado Springs gay club, I reached out to Gary Stavella, the LGBTQ leader at my parish, Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, an…

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