Charlie Hebdo

Created by Lucille Clerc.

Perhaps I’m just a coward, but I don’t feel right expressing ideology right now. I don’t want to impress onto anyone that I am comfortable in ignorance, that I take comfort in “The truth resists simplicity” just as Mr. Green of the vlogbrothers doesn’t take comfort in his own phrase, highly repeated when tragedies of worldwide significance go on, but I’m also a wholly ignorant person. I don’t have any inside knowledge, and the barest of outside knowledge. I am no soldier, no scholar, no great influencer. I know to be a successful believer and supporter of anything ,I must focus, but that focus creates guilt. I am a mighty defender of the pen, but I am also hurt at what some of those pens spill. I am no supporter of violence, but I’m not blind to the power of it. I talk at times like I am not affected by the thoughts of others, but I am as subject to the feelings of others as anyone else.

I will say that there is no room for base ignorance when the internet is such a vast place. Beware of the words you use, and make sure you know what they mean. Being careless is useless at best, and harmful otherwise. The brilliance behind the covers of magazines is that they are not stupid mockery.

And so I leave this rather paragraph here. Je ne suis pas Charlie, but I will always admire strength beyond my own.

*List taken from Telegraph:

• Charb – (real name Stephane Charbonnier) 47, an artist and publisher of Charlie Hebdo

• Cabu – (real name Jean Cabut) 76, the lead cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo

• Georges Wolinski – 80, an artist who had been drawing cartoons since the 1960s

• Tignous – (real name Bernard Verlhac) 57, a member of Cartoonists for Peace

• Bernard Maris – (known as “Uncle Bernard”) 68, an economist and columnist for the magazine

• Honoré – (real name Philippe Honoré) 73, the artist who drew the last cartoon tweeted by the weekly publication

• Michel Renaud – a former journalist who was visiting the Charlie Hebdo offices

• Mustapha Ourrad – a copy-editor for Charlie Hebdo

• Elsa Cayat – a columnist and analyst for Charlie Hebdo

• Frederic Boisseau – a building maintenance worker

• Franck Brinsolaro – 49, a policeman appointed to head security for Charb

• Ahmed Merabet – 42, a police officer and member of the 11th arrondissement brigade

How we all miss the point on school shootings

How we all miss the point on school shootings

How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings

But this “witch hunt” we go through every time a school shooting happens is a total ruse. Elliot Rodger didn’t become a killer because he was a misogynist; he became a misogynist because he was a killer. Just like Eric Harris didn’t become a killer because he loved violent video games; he loved violent video games because he was a killer. Just like Adam Lanza didn’t become a killer because he loved guns; he loved guns because he was a killer.

Not going to lie, while I enjoyed this editorial and I resonate with many of its ideas, the solution he proposes is so, so much easier said than done. Most of us have grown up shutting out those in pain because there were just so many of those in pain that it would put us in suffering to even acknowledge all of them. Or at the very least, that’s what we were told by those guiding us through life. That you can’t help everybody. That you can’t touch everyone. If someone shoots up a school, goes on a stabbing, commits suicide, then ultimately, that was on them.

I’m reminded of “Riley Rewind”, which was a webseries written and directed by Ray William Johnson and Anna Akana.

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