Charlie Hebdo

I am still extremely shocked and upset by what happened in Paris yesterday, and believe me, I don’t get shocked and upset easily. I am seeing discussions of the offensive nature of the cartoons, whether Islam is to blame, the wider context of fundamentalism, limits of free speech etc. For now this is all besides the point. I would like you to rotate one very simple point in your head: people were murdered yesterday, old men some of them, innocent bystanders some of them, the proofreader for God’s sake, as a result of the drawing of some silly and tasteless cartoons. Ask yourself if that is really the world you want to live in, where that happens and will continue to happen. For me, this is a collective moment where we have to say: No. No further. This must not happen again. No relativism – you don’t shoot someone in the head for drawing a cartoon or making a joke. That’s not negotiable. That’s not to be excused. For now, that’s where we all start from.

Lucille Clerc

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