I do stand with Charlie.



Normally, I don’t like bigotry. Islamophobia, antisemitism, racism and xenophobia make me angry, even when I hear that rhetoric from people I don’t know to people I don’t know. I even have some atheist acquaintances who don’tunderstand why Islamophobia and anti-Semitism make me mad. They just do.

I thought Charlie Hebdo did go too far . I thought they were not always funny and often gratuitously offensive and provocative. I thought they were poking a wasps’ nest just to get a kick out of pissing the wasps off. They were shit disturbers.

But after recent events, I still stand with Charlie.

Being provocative with words and designs (notwithstanding targeted hate speech and  threats) is part of the prerogative of opinion journalism in a democratic society.You disagree? Write a letter to the editor or a blog post, or go read somewhere else.

Being provocative with guns is barbaric. Killing cartoonists, journalists, cops and innocent bystanders to prove a point, any point, is inexcusable.

Although the two events are on the surface entirely different, I see a connection between this massacre and the death of Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teenager whose Christian fundamentalist parents drove her to suicide and later explained away their conduct saying “We don’t agree with that religiously” as if that explained everything.

Dogma kills. Long live free speech.

Normalement, je déteste le racisme, l’islamophobie, l’antisémitisme et tous les préjugés semblables. Je surprends même certaines connaissances athées en faisant entendre mes objections à l’endroit des remarques islamophobes, antisémites et antichrétiens.

Je trouvais que certaines caricatures de Charlie Hebdo allaient effectivement trop loin, que leur volonté de provoquer dépassait parfois leur volonté de commenter de façon intelligente et créative. Je trouvais qu’ils jouaient avec le feu inutilement. Ils étaient provocateurs pour être provocateurs.

Mais, à la lumière des évènements récents, je suis Charlie tout de même.

Provoquer avec des mots (outre des menaces directs et des discours de la haine ciblés) fait partie du journalisme d’opinion dans une démocratie. Si l’on s’y oppose, on écrit une réponse, on appelle la rédaction ou on va lire ailleurs.

Provoquer avec des armes…c’est du barbarisme.

Les dogmes tuent, vive la liberté de l’expression.

RIP Stéphane Charbonnier, Jean Cabut, Georges Wolinski, Bernard Verlhac, Bernard Maris, Philippe Honoré, Michel Renaud, Franck Brinsolaro, Ahmed Merabet, Mustapha Ourrad, Frédéric Boisseau, Elsa Cayat. #JeSuisCharlie

About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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1 Response to I do stand with Charlie.

  1. Pingback: I Do Stand With Charlie (ADDENDUM) | Ruby Pratka – Year of No Fear

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