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About that Vigil...
There was a candlelight vigil last night in South Park in honor of the Americans that died in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. It was hosted by the KU Arab Student Union.
Given the nature of the events, the motivations involved, and some of the prejudices involved, I thought it was a singularly heartfelt gesture, and I felt the need to be involved in some way. So, I thought I’d go downtown and participate.
I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting. A bigger crowd. More media coverage, maybe.
There was 20 or so people participating. Most of them KU students, by far. A couple of guys from 6 news interviewed some of the people there. Three of the students spoke. Even though the blurb in the ljworld asked people to bring their own candles, they had plenty for the people that did show up.
While I was across mass street, taking a few pictures, I was approached by a man who asked what they were ‘protesting.’ When I explained what the event was about, he seemed to suddenly have places to go.
Given the fact that the only ‘real’ news people out there was 6 news, I went to their website this morning to try and find reference to it. There’s no mention of the event on the website, I can’t comment on their broadcast content, as I don’t have OTA TV. The ljworld didn’t have any notes on their site.
This was an event that was supposed to demonstrate common grief and desire for peace.
Instead, it just seemed like it wasn’t ‘interesting’ enough for people to care. And that’s a shame.