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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Los Angeles look east to Boston.

The past few weeks have seen some tragic losses. Iconic losses. As one fascinated with history, it is interesting to reflect on the lives of those we have lost through speeches, videos/film, etc. Something was made prominent while watching CNN AC360 this evening... the thousands of people lining the streets of Boston on the motorcade route for the beloved Senator Ted Kennedy.

This comment is not meant to compare the lives of Michael and Teddy. Both men tried in their own ways to make the world a better place and both had aspects of their lives that were troubled. But this comparison is to look at how the cities, who were selected to host the location for thousands to grieve, handled it.

I did not witness any riots in Boston. I did not witness any police baracades. There were no pro-tem mayors asking the public to donate money being braodcast to the world. There was no one telling people to stay home because they would not be welcomed.

So Los Angeles, maybe you should send a team to Boston and see how they respectfully and gracefully welcomed the mourners who came to pay their last respects.

We should have been able to witness the same for Michael.

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