Monday, January 12, 2015

In solidarity …

This was the mass of humanity that gathered on Sunday in Paris in support and solidarity against the terrorist attacks at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, the slaying of two policemen and the death of four hostages.

I was sorry to see that a high placed official was not there from the United States; however Eric Holder was there and he told reporters that the White House would gather world leaders on Feb. 18 to discuss how to tackle extremism in the world. I hope this becomes a fact and that their solidarity will overcome differences in ethnicities and ideologies.

Just months ago my daughter and her husband were in France celebrating their wedding anniversary. They had made the trip to Paris a few years earlier and fell in love with all that it had to offer. I knew that they would be devastated when they heard the news and would have been in the crowd if it were possible. However they showed their support this way at their place of business:

As she wrote when she sent the picture to me: “Our mascot is standing proud showing solidarity with France” and I love the way that they honored Charlie Hedbo using pencils in the sign:


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

And you are showing your support too.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Support comes in many ways and your daughter's sign was very creatively appropriate.

3:44 PM  
Blogger possum said...

Excellent. And very creative!

4:56 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

What a clever and symbolic way to show support. The written word and their tools will always triumph over evil.

6:41 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Nice post. I have looked into the cartoons they published and some of them are awful, clearly designed to irritate and anger. But they have the right to publish these and I totally support that right. Je suis Charlie!

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate the sentiment but agree with some pundits who suggest that hate speech is hate speech in any language. We don't have free speech in the U.S. You can't say whatever you like to anyone, anywhere, any time. And some cartoonist and artists are very cruel.

On the other hand, this does not give the offended the right to go home grab a weapon and take it to a place you don't like and hurt someone. Civility is civility in any language.

Perhaps turning the other cheek isn't such a bad idea after all?

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say that I found it strange that with all those world leaders marching in Paris, no 'top man' (or woman) from the USA was present.

However, it was great of your daughter (and I'm sure many other Americans) to show such support.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

What's happening around the world is devastating. I think that it makes us shrink our freedom to travel. And so many Americans are hated now.

8:32 AM  

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