When we are done mourning the many hostages that lost their lives, the heroic officer Ahmed who died in the line of duty and the other lives lost in this brutal act of violence, It would be wise to take another look at what satire is supposed to be and the effect of hateful propaganda hiding under free speech.
The mothers of the children kidnapped wont find the illustration funny or kind or witty or smart…. that illustration is inhuman considering the pain they are in.
This is Charlie Hebdo’s depiction of Christiane Taubira, France’s first Black Justice Minister. Considering the racist ordeal she has been through, what is this illustration meant to foster?
Inhumanity only begets and propagates more inhumanity. We need to question how and why young people in the prime of their lives are willing to martyr themselves. The conditions that make so many people able to suppress the most basic of instincts.
The instinct to survive
Under no instance do i justify the killing of people because of a difference in opinion or expression… Just as i do not support Hitlers killing of the Jews , I do not support Moses and the Israelite’s wiping out entire populations in the old testament , i do not support the killings happening in Isreal , the wars and drone attacks in Pakistan on a daily basis . I do not support the fact that because the west has had its fill of innocent blood their new found liberal values must be imposed or embraced by everyone else. I do not support the witch hunts and killings of many scientist that happened in France and England or enslavement and slavery carried out in the name of Jesus by Europe. I do not support the barbaric acts carried out against humanity and native populations by Europeans in the name of their God. I DO SUPPORT RESPECT… I do support HUMANITY… I believe if a people value something respect it.. I believe the world is already filled with TOO MUCH HATE so people should not do things to make even more hate fester.
Freedom of speech should move the world forward, it should give human beings access to information they wouldn’t have gotten, it should allow heroes emerge that speak against oppression, it should affect us positively.
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