The West’s Regard for Charlie Hedbo Victims Not Extended to African Targets of Extremist Violence

by Ayo A. Coly, The American Prospect

On May 5, the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will receive the PEN American Center’s annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award. As of May 1, 145 writers have signed a letter of protest, on the grounds that the award would endorse the Islamophobia many associate with the magazine. Yet beyond a criticism like this, the fact that the Charlie Hebdo attack still occupies so much worldwide attention speaks to a selective memory of human rights abuses. In the months since, atrocities elsewhere have not inspired the same humanitarian response. And this is cause for concern.

As it should be, the savage attack on Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters in January in which 12 were killed threw many of us into a deep stupor. The world stopped. Then, the world moved immediately to demonstrate solidarity with the victims of the attack and the French people. #JeSuisCharlie will certainly go on record as one of the most popular hashtags of 2015, and one of the most …Read the entire story.

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