Saturday, January 10, 2015

For anyone who thinks Charlie Hebdo is a racist magazine

At Charlie Hebdo: The French satirical magazine is heroic. It is also racist., I left this comment:
How is it racist to mock rabbis, priests, and imams? Does racist now mean someone who opposes all religious authority? Anyone who thinks Charlie Hebdo is racist should read their Wikipedia entry and follow the links to their source.
That was inspired by Charb, the slain editor of Charlie Hebdo, who wrote in No, "Charlie Hebdo" is not racist!:
Although it is less easy than in 1970, we will continue to laugh (at) priests, rabbis and imams, like it or not.
Actual French racists hate Charlie Hebdo. See Attentat à Charlie Hebdo - Jean-Marie Le Pen : "Moi, je suis désolé, je ne suis pas Charlie".

And if you want a brief look at the people who were killed for their cartoons, see BBC News - Charlie Hebdo attack: Victim obituaries.

Here's the intro to Charlie Hebdo - Wikipedia:

Charlie Hebdo (French pronunciation: ​[ʃaʁli ɛbdo]; French for Weekly Charlie) is a French satirical weekly newspaper, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. Irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone, the publication describes itself as strongly anti-racist[3] and left-wing, publishing articles on the extreme right, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, politics, culture, etc. According to its former editor, Charb (Stéphane Charbonnier), the magazine's editorial viewpoint reflects "all components of left wing pluralism, and even abstainers".[4]
If Charlie Hebdo is racist, the race it mocks is human.

("It's necessary to censor Charlie Hebdo!")

ETA 2: Here's a poster Charb did for MRAP, the Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l'amitié entre les peuples (Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples):

 ("I would hire you, but I don't like the color of ... uh ... your tie!")

ETA 3: 12 Striking Charlie Hebdo Front Covers

ETA 4: More anti-racist cartoons: The Charlie Hebdo cartoons no one is showing you

ETA 5: On not understanding "Charlie:" Why many smart people are getting it wrong

ETA 6: Je suis Bezbozhnik | The Charnel-House

ETA 7: The Charlie Hebdo tragedy: The five crowds that are getting it wrong

ETA 8: "If Charlie Is Racist Then I Am" by Zineb El Rhazoui

ETA 9: On the idea that Charlie Hebdo "punched down" — Answering Saladin Ahmed

ETA 10: Charlie Hebdo: we got it wrong