POSTED: February 12, 2014
MOMENTS AFTER I walked up to Saturday morning's Handbags 4 Peace rally at 53rd and Market streets, a male onlooker turned in my direction to point out all the other men in the crowd of about 100.
Looking around, I could see that about as many men as women were standing around, huddled inside heavy coats and listening to speakers outside the Tropical Heat nightclub, where Melissa Thomas was senselessly gunned down after a night of karaoke with friends.
It was good to see how many braved the frigid temperature and came out. Especially after the online brouhaha that broke out last week after I quoted an organizer of the march as saying she felt failed by the men. "Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?" Tyema Sanchez told me. "Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected."