Which puts people in the defensive, not unlike a bad policeman giving the innocent zero choice but to admit to guilt.
Asking the question does not elevate NPR (and the hordes of people on social media who are now sharing the article by the thousands) to a higher level.
The World knew about it - the events were widely reported in the media. And I must admit that when I saw it, my reaction was "damn, that's Fucked up! The cries of pain by the injured, looking at the report with sadness.
But why did it not push me, you and the world to say I am Kenyan, in support of Kenya and the brutalized people?
To NPR's credit, they went directly to the source and asked a Kenyan how he feels about the disparity of the two reactions.
Although the interviewer tries to bait Kenyan Evans wadongo, who runs a progressive non-profit organization, into pointing fingers and classifying people as this or that, Mr. Wadongo instead outlined the logical reasons for the different reactions while highlighting the pains of violence on humanity.
I greatly agree with his point of view and suggestions on how to fix the response inequality. In addition here are a few others that shed more "light" on America's response.
1) Europe and the US are more aligned and connected than we are with Africa and the east. Western world connection.
2) The closer to home the tragedy, the more we grieve
3) France is our oldest ally
4) France helped us get our independence
5) France helped shape the growth and makeup of our country in the form of the Louisiana purchase
6) France built and gave us the statue of liberty
7) The French revolution is the impetus of the American revolution
8) The French revolution is the guide and fabric of thought, principles used by the founding fathers. Exp. No royalty, all men are created equal.
9) Paris and France are the most visited city and country by Americans and the world
10 Paris and France are the cradle of art, style, fashion, cuisine, emulated by Americans and the western world.
11) A satirical band that invokes the names of both an American symbol, (Eagle) and the biggest American rock band (The Eagles), playing a form of music that's uniquely USA, was in the middle of the carnage.
Bottom line, we all agree that the violence has to stop!
We the people need to demand, help, and guide the politicians and politics responsible for the senseless bloodshed toward a new forgiving, progressive, and loving path. Do so with creative and progressive actions that will favor humanity, not your side, my side or their side, but the side of mankind.
I believe that everything's gonna be alright, everything's gonna alright, so no Kenya No cry.
(Thank You Bob!)