This is kind of a Debbie-Downer thing to post about but recent events have made me very politically focused right now, and I think it’s very important for us to know our history. The upstairs lounge was a gay bar in New Orleans that in 1973 was the scene of the mass murder of 29 people with 15 seriously injured. I think it’s a story that needs to be told, and I was surprised that I never heard it before. Why aren’t kids taught this in school?
If you’re in New Orleans or going there soon, check out Skylar Fein’s multimedia installation. It tells the story and also celebrates the people who were lost. You can look at picures here.
For me it’s very troubling that there was a prime suspect for the arsonist and the police declined to dilligently investigate so that he could be found and prosecuted. There’s a good chance that the person who did this is still walking around free. Only one church agreed to hold a memorial for the victims. Attendees were told to leave quietly through a back door to avoid the press waiting outside. All of those attending chose to instead walk through the front entrance, facing the media gead on.
Below is the only national tv coverage of the incident…