Opinion: Problematic discussions of race in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks

I’m reblogging this article by Nicolas Magnien because it relates to my previous article that I posted on the 23rd of January on awareness of division created…

Montreal Gazette

The way in which race was discussed in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks bothered me. Partly because although I am aware of the effort that needs to be made in France to transcend ethnic and cultural barriers (as witnessed by the vandalism that followed of some Muslim-owned buildings in Paris), I am not convinced by the “Je ne suis pas Charlie” movement’s message. Unless I misunderstand it, it means that although you are saddened by the deaths of so many innocent people, you are against the cartoons published in Charlie Hebdo; that although you are for freedom of speech, you are against offensive or demeaning drawings (and in fact, might not even consider such depictions as embodying freedom of speech).

I was never particularly fond of them either, but I have always been glad they existed and that their authors were able to publish them. The place of Charlie Hebdo in…

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