Yesterday morning, someone on Twitter made a comment that in Haiti they mention gunfire in the traffic reports, where in other places they usually write about it separately. Other tweets mentioned barricades and burning tires. I’d expected some protesting today given Preval’s delay in responding to the OAS report, though wasn’t sure how far it’d go.

Last night I found an article in the Canadian Press that mentioned a protester had been shot and killed by the police. Apparently there’d been an exchange of gunfire, likely prompting the mention in the traffic report.

Writing this now, I’m a bit floored by this. The day before had a veritable deluge of media coverage of the one year anniversary. The next day, a man is shot dead in the capital by the police as he’s protesting a presidential election, and there’s nearly nothing.

“We learn by example to keep moving our feet.”

It’s been bothering me more and more that a few dozen Chilean miners captivated the world last year, while Haiti with a quarter million dead doesn’t even make the cover of Time’s Year in Review special issue.

It’s as though there’s this glowing neon “Not Our Problem” sign that bars entry to everyone’s short attention span. Our information infoglut has assigned equal value to celebrity drug problems and African genocide.

Yeah, it’s always been so, and likely always will be. But that doesn’t mean I have to accept it. Better instead to educate children, particularly my own, that all news stories are not equal, that death and misery of many people will always outweigh the marginally important fluff that rivets the rest.

One belief above all others: THERE IS NO THEM. Differences of location, lifestyle, and color don’t matter. We are all humans in this world raising our families, hoping for the future and grieving our losses.

And never forget: your $5 Skinny Caramel Macchiato is a lucky Haitian’s daily wage. For all the fiery debate about wealth redistribution and the like, there remains the simple reality that MILLIONS of people a short plane ride away cannot feed their families. But hey, they’re not American, right?

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