Saturday, January 17, 2015

I Am Not That French Weekly Magazine

Current Affairs ---

[Raif Badawi]
Hell No! I am not Charlie. Charlie (Charlie Hebdo) is a French weekly satirical magazine, and I am NOT a magazine. And while I find the killing of its workers deeply appalling (or any act of violence for that matter), Charlie does not reflect my core values. But I am Stephane, Jean, Georges,  Bernard Verlhac, Bernard  Philippe, Elsa, Bernard Maris, Michel, and Frederic. I am Officers Ahmed, Franck, and Clarissa. I am Yoav, Francois-Michele, Yohan, and Philippe Braham. 

I am also Raif Badawi. I am every civilian killed in the Gaza bombardment. I am every victim of:
Terrorism,
Genocide,
Slavery,
Colonialism,
War,
State terror,
Bigotry,
Injustice,
Police brutality,
Religious intolerance,
Hate crime,
Racism,
Extra-judicial killings,
Islamophobia,
Imperialism,
Rape,
Economic sanctions,
Domestic violence,
Bullying,
Political repression,
Torture,
Inhumanity,
Homophobia,...


[Artwork by Ric Couchman]