June 20th, 2009 Heather Kovar
Just before seeing a young girl (couldn’t have been older than 10) asking her mom to take her picture next to one of the male “models” who hold the door at Abercrombie and Fitch on 5th avenue (so cute), I saw a protest.
Walking home this past Wednesday evening I passed by the St. Regis Hotel. Outside, there was a group of people chanting. Of course I have to backstep and take another look because I have no idea who this group is. A woman hands me a flyer and says that former President Bill Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon were getting a “global humanitarian award.”
This group protesting is looking for support for the Tamils’ freedom struggle. They want people to contact their representatives to ask them to apply diplomatic sanctions against Sri Lankan military and political leaders.
Not understanding why they were upset with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, I did some googling. The headline of this article sums it up, “UN’s Ban Protested for Inaction on Sri Lanka Ethnic Cleansing.”
In this global world, I’m trying to be aware of what is going on outside of my comfort zone. It does take effort. I can’t keep up with my friends and family, much less my laundry and daily snail and email.
However, I’m not sure we’re taught the value of understanding global events from a young age. We know the importance of owning the right khaki’s with the right labels. But we should be made to read those labels, “Made in … ” and at least know where that country is on the map, if not what is going on there politically.
Side note: Don’t misunderstand. I love A&F. The picture of the tag is of my own pants. Hmmm maybe it’s time for a new pair. At least go to check out the view.