Je Suis Charlie? It's a Bit Late
Date Written: 08/01/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX17102
Hardly had news begun filtering out about the Charlie Hebdo shootings, than there were those suggesting that the magazine was a 'racist institution' and that the cartoonists, if not deserving what they got, had nevertheless brought it on themselves through their incessant attacks on Islam. What is really racist is the idea only nice white liberals want to challenge religion or demolish its pretensions or can handle satire and ridicule. Those who claim that it is racist or Islamophobic to mock the Prophet Mohammad, appear to imagine, with the racists, that all Muslims are reactionaries. It is here that leftwing anti-racism joins hands with rightwing anti-Muslim bigotry.