Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

15 Apr 2007, 9:27 a.m.

MC Masala(s) on O'Neill, Past, and Atrocity

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

A short version and a longer version, which makes more sense, of my column this week.

April 19, 1995, was the day of the Oklahoma City bombing. I was alive for that one. I was in rehearsal for my school's spring musical, "Oklahoma!" No, I am not kidding. We put a donation box in the lobby and awkwardly carried on.

Another April atrocity that I know about: April 13, 1919, the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. In the north Indian city of Amritsar, in retaliation for protests a few days earlier, the British opened fire on hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed Indians who were celebrating a religious festival.


15 Apr 2007, 14:35 p.m.

My high school also did Oklahoma! that spring. Like you, we put out a donation box (because it was far too late to change plays) and ended up raising a few thousand dollars. I would like to believe that even as massive amounts of violece happen again and again, so do massive amounts of human kindness.