Today, I share with y'all an article I wrote almost a week ago (because that's how the publishing thing works on a site like Everyjoe), where I shared my initial thoughts about the real challenge that the Charlie Hebdo attack highlights.
Over the past week, my predictions proved to be right, but not to have gone far enough. I had not expected such a quick turnaround among some, showing their true colors literally before all the bodies were buried, and writing disgusting articles claiming Hebdo should shoulder blame for what happened, that their work was offensive, or that they should not have been allowed to publish their work in the first place.
But, I also didn't expect as enormous a level of ongoing support and commitment from people. This is not something people just dropped in a day or two (I was, I'll admit, almost worried when I wrote the piece that by today it would be seen as totally 'old news' that no one was talking about anymore; I'm glad that worry was unfounded).
I think that in some ways Charlie Hebdo has been a watershed. It has set a clear line in the sand. There's no more hiding behind half-hearted statements of any variety: either you absolutely defend Charlie Hebdo's right to exist (regardless of whether you like their offensive satire), or you do not.
You either are Charlie Hebdo, or you killed Charlie Hebdo.
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