Topics in the media fade in and out quickly. The 24-hour news cycle is a real timetable.
It is specifically evident when events like the attack on Beirut on Thursday, Nov. 12, simply get glossed over.
The attacks on Paris have grabbed the majority of attention from the public. Social media has been dominated by conversation on the attacks.
Left relatively unnoticed has been the attack on Beirut that left 40 dead the day before the Paris attacks.
The world lit up in the colors of the French flag. The Cal State Long Beach Pyramid was lit up in blue, white and red. Facebook offered users to change their profile pictures to the colors of the French flag with one-click. Massive support has been offered toward France. None of the gestures were offered the day before for the Beirut attack.
We bring up the contrast not to diminish the severity of the attacks on Paris, but to point out that what happened in Paris is one of many tragedies to occur across the world.
Paris has been a longtime ally of the U.S. and stood with America through the 9/11 attacks, so we want to show our support for them. But we should stand not only with Paris, but also with the world.
Cal State Long Beach’s Nohemi Gonzalez was unfortunately part of the long list of people who were killed in Paris. It’s a tragedy that has caused the attack in Paris to truly hit home for Long Beach residents and Americans alike.
While we would like to see balanced attention given to the world’s events, we understand at the same time that due to the sheer numbers involved with Paris, it’s natural that the events would earn more of the public’s attention than the other attacks.
Events that have local connections are always going to be more important to people. We should empathize with all the victims though, not just Gonzalez.
We shouldn’t be prioritizing who and what tragedies we grieve over. Every human life is important and should be valued the same regardless of religion, race or any other differences. We are all human.
It’s still unfortunate that it takes grief-stricken events like the Paris attacks and the 9/11 attacks before them to garner national and worldwide attention. It’s unfortunate that it takes horrific numbers to get people to care.
People should invest their time in the world. We would even settle for people investing in their country, but generally just show some concern for humanity.
Go to the LBCC political science professors and ask questions, pay attention to what is going on, educate yourself, voice opinions on matters, get involved and don’t be a bystander to the world.