More reader feedback on this long and comprehensive thread: Jonah’s Jordanian friend raised the tired and disingenuous claim of freedom of speech never being raised for people convicted of anti-Semitic speech in France, or elsewhere in Europe/the larger West, or hate speech convictions being reserved for Antisemitism. This is such a trope, and is extremely annoying to … Continue reading Nous Sommes Charlie, But Do We Really Want To Be? Ctd
The vigorous debate over whether Charlie Hebdo was biting satire or racist filth is the exact reason why hate speech should not be outlawed. — Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) January 11, 2015 Scott Sayare pushes back on the growing liberal narrative that Charlie’s provocative cartoons lampooning Islamic fundamentalism were “racist”: Charlie Hebdo is not a racist publication, as has been widely … Continue reading Nous Sommes Charlie, But Do We Really Want To Be? Ctd
https://twitter.com/RaniaKhalek/statuses/553261940223778818 Update from a reader on the above image: That cartoon looks bad, but if you understand the French, the meaning seems to me to be actually anti-racist. “La GPA” is “la gestation pour autrui,” or in English “surrogate motherhood.” The point of the cartoon is that when wealthy white couples pay poor women of color … Continue reading Nous Sommes Charlie, But Do We Really Want To Be? Ctd
Radical proposition: one can despise violence against #CharlieHebdo w/o signing off on their racist bullshit. — شنشون (@humanprovince) January 7, 2015 Yglesias, for one, is dismayed that yesterday’s attack made martyrs of cartoonists whose work he found distasteful in the extreme: Viewed in a vacuum, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons (or the Danish ones that preceded it) are hardly worthy … Continue reading Nous Sommes Charlie, But Do We Really Want To Be?