On Wednesday, a panel including myself and two other members of the greater Seattle community appeared on “Voices of Diversity” — a show on local radio station KBCS 91.3 FM in Bellevue — discussing Osama bin Laden’s death. It was truly a fascinating conversation. I was invited on after my opinion column entitled “What bin Laden’s death means to our generation.” Here’s the description from the station’s website:
President Obama told the nation a small team of NAVY Seals killed Osama bin Laden at a compound in Pakistan. The president’s dramatic announcement brought cheering crowds into the streets in cities and on campuses across the country. Some media pundits criticized the celebratory mood. Others felt the reaction was appropriate. What do you think? How did you react to the news of Osama’s death? Today on Voices of Diversity we talk to local residents from a variety of backgrounds, all with strong feelings about the killing of Osama bin Laden and its aftermath.
Lynn Fitz-Hugh is clerk of the Eastside Friends Meeting. The Friends are also known as the Quakers and Lynn has been one all her life. She is also a practicing psychotherapist, a wife and a mother.
Tarek Dawoud is a member of the Downtown Muslim Association and speaker on Islam. Tarek is also President of the Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a native of Egypt.
Bryden McGrath is a University of Washington student and journalist for the University of Washington Daily newspaper.
1. @iraglass (national) Ira Glass – This American Life host on NPR.
2. @despeaux (local) Cliff DesPeaux – Popular local photojournalist.
3. @ElaineMThompson (local) Elaine Thompson – Local AP photographer. Awesome person.
4. @notmarcocollins (local) Marco Collins – Former KNDD DJ in the 90s, now working at KEXP.
5. @GregR1077 (local) GregR – DJ at KNDD.