Are We Judging People For Caring: Hashtag Wars #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisNigeria #JeSuisAhmed #BlackLivesMatter #JeSuisJuif #BokoHaram
because you had a connection in that moment.
It hit close to home since it could have been me or my kids in that ordinary grocery store or at that kosher deli on an ordinary day. It made me hug my kids closer.
Yes, I disagreed with the way it was handled by the US--as did many politicians and political experts on both sides of the aisle. I felt an opportunity to send a message against terrorism was missed. Then a picture popped up in my news feed that helped solidify that sentiment. So I shared it.
I then saw counter-arguments online which seemed to want to switch the focus of similar posts to another act of terrorism with perhaps an unintentional or perhaps (or maybe not) an implicit desire to shame or apply underlying underlying guilt all over the internet:
"But how come you didn't talk about Boko Haram's attack on Nigeria in your post. 2000 died there." #JeSuisNigerian #BlackLivesMatter #BokoHaram
Honestly, my friends? In my situation, it was that I had just heard about Bokko Haram on CNN and my heart absolutely does go out to the Nigerians. I was still learning about that situation. However, I had been watching non-stop coverage of the Paris attacks for days.
I watched police officer Ahmed Merabet,a Muslim, executed before my eyes in my living room defending the freedom of expression for people who disrespected and mocked his own religion.
It beyond touched me.
By the way, a few days earlier? I had tweeted about Ahmed and here again, I was immediately countered with, "Don't forget #JeSuisJuif."
or one victim was exclusive and meant
I did not care or had forgotten about the other.
Back to the Nigerian Boko Haram attacks and that counter argument? I guess I could have come back with that same tactic.
"Well then what about the 660,000 who died (90% in Africa) from Malaria EVERY FREAKING YEAR. Don't you care about them??
What about the 1.5 million people, mostly children, who die needlessly of diarrhea?? You didn't mention them!!
How insensitive are we that we are forgetting about the 1.5 million who died of AIDS?? Why aren't we talking about that? "
Posting about one perhaps because you felt connected to the French culture, perhaps because you knew someone there, perhaps because you were Jewish or Muslim, perhaps because you identified with the victims and it hits home that could just have easily been your family victimized, or just because you were touched as you watched terrorism unfold on the television in your living room?
None of that means you do NOT care about the other tragedies of our often entirely fucked up world or do not plan to post about the other once you learn more...
...or once a picture shows up in your news feed again that perfectly sums up your concern and you share it.