I don’t often have regrets but I have one now, and a big one. I am studying about the current genocide going on in Iraq and my studies deviated to other parts of the world, many of which I have visited and seen the unthinkable.
One place I have not been to but which was the subject of genocide is Rwanda. Of course I have been well aware that genocide took place in Rwanda but today I was wondering why the media paid so little attention to it. Why do I know so little about it?
I started digging deeper into the genocide (estimates 500,000 to 1,000,000 slaughtered!) of Rwanda and what hit me like a ton of bricks was the date. It started in April or May of 1994 and went on for many months.
So….why did I miss it? My head was buried in OJ Simpson. I was too consumed with a Hollywood murder! Of course this is not to take away from the murder victims and the importance of their lives and murders….but you get the point. I can still recite dates and times about the OJ Simpson case but, until I started my new study about the genocide in Rwanda, all I could do was tell you ‘yes, there was genocide in Rwanda.’ That’s all. That’s pitiful.
I certainly was not alone. Almost the entire US media was 24/7 OJ Simpson (from June 12, 1994 until October 1995.) So…that’s why you probably don’t know much about it since all we talked about in the media and showed you was a trial in California.
Sometimes I think we in the media have our heads on wrong.
I am not saying the Simpson coverage was wrong but I am saying I could have done a lot better.