Students hold vigil for Katrina victims
February 13, 2009 8:37 AM
SF State student Shavonte Keaton decided to take action in changing what she saw wrong with the United States government after the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.
She expressed these thoughts to the other 15 students and one faculty member that gathered at Malcolm X Plaza in a candle light vigil in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina victims Thursday night.
"We came here tonight to commemorate the people that lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina, It hasn't gone away, we think about these people in our daily lives," Keaton said.
The hour long vigil was the second one organized by the Black Student Union on campus, since the hurricane devastated New Orleans in 2005.
Throughout the cold night the participants went around in a circle talking about their initial reaction to Katrina followed by their thoughts four years later on the incident.
"This is our 9/11," said BSU coordinator Coby Obiesie said. "Of course black people were affected by 9/11 too, but there is a concern that Hurricane Katrina is going to be [swept] under the rug three years from now."
Some of the issues discussed were the notion of not feeling American, the media coverage of the disaster and the need for change in the way the US deals with disasters.
"Hearings everyone's perspectives kinda of reinvigorated what went on, stimulated my thoughts on how we should move forward about it," said BSU coordinator Justin Metoger.
For Obiesie the disaster only reinforced his hunger for justice.
"I felt angry, but I have to turn this angry to a positive thing, to fight for those who lost their lives, for justice," he said.
Obiesie also added that BSU will hold the event annually, but it might take a different meaning in the future.
He believes Hurricane Katrina will not be the last disaster in the U.S.
"We may in the future have this event for Hurricane Katrina plus something else," said Obiesie. "This is not going to be the last, unfortunately."
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