A few days after the election, a young man named Williams Sims was murdered about a mile from my home. Sims, a musician, was well-liked in the community. Police have characterized the murder as a hate crime. One man is in custody and two more are still at large. The murder occurred in or near the Capri Club, a dive bar across from the public library. The library grounds are under construction, and an impromptu memorial has popped up on the site.

Consider donating to the family’s memorial fund at As of this writing, the gofundme page has raised $18,505 of its $50k goal.