Paris – 17 Murdered – World leaders and 1 Million plus people fill the streets to show support.
Nigeria – 2, unhealthy 000+ Murdered – Response is muted.
The Struggle Continues…
It is baffling that coverage of the carnage in Nigeria has received little-to-no media attention while the “terrorist” attack on the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been covered extensively throughout ALL media outlets non-stop since the murders occurred almost 2 weeks ago. The subsequent hostage standoff in a kosher supermarket, for sale where several customers were also killed, kept the coverage as the lead story and breaking news throughout the week. All in all 17 people, victims of the attacks, lost their lives in the almost 3 day ordeal within the Paris city limits and the countryside where the suspects were ultimately tracked down and shot dead. Days later, over a million people filled the streets of Paris to show their support for freedom of speech and to honor the journalists who lost their lives because of the cartoons they published. Leaders from around the world descended upon Paris to hold hands, march together with the people in solidarity and in a kumbaya moment to be photographed together. Leaders, some, whose own human rights and freedom of speech records amongst the citizenry of their representative nations is questionable at best and downright suspect at worst. The tragedy and loss of life in Paris is heartbreaking and produces a sense of angst that calls for action, no doubt. The contrast, however, between the worldwide response to the terror in France and the lack of any response at all to the over 2,000 lives lost in Nigeria at the hands of Boka Haram fundamentalists is so stark in its absolute silence it’s breathtaking.
The attack on the town of Baga in Nigeria was a massacre. Amnesty International said it was Boko Haram’s deadliest attack thus far. The heavily armed Islamist militants sprayed bullets as they stormed the town just 2 weeks ago. They arrived in trucks and armored vehicles, unloaded motorcycles and pursued residents, firing indiscriminately, massacring men, women, and children who were fleeing for their lives. Over 2,000 innocent people were murdered and the world community has said nothing. There has been no outrage, no marches, and no aid. There has been nothing but SILENCE. If #AllLivesMatter, where are the calls for aid, a collective outcry and outrage for the loss of these innocent lives at the hands of “terrorists”? It must be noted that even the government of Nigeria, itself, has not come to the aid of their citizens in this matter. They are both absent and impotent in any pursuit of these murderers, thus far, nor have they asked for aid from the world community. The Nigerian government did, however, send its condolences to the people of France in solidarity with the rest of the global community in mourning the deaths of these 12 revolutionary journalists who died for the cause of freedom of speech?
As much as we hope and want to believe that we have made tremendous progress and advancement in the equal treatment of All people, the dichotomy of the responses by the world to Paris as compared to Nigeria is truly astounding. It takes us back to the proclamation made by W.E.B. DuBois in 1903, “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of The Color Line.” It seems to be the continuing problem of the 21st century, as well, and so…the struggle continues. #BlackLivesMatter
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