Over the weekend, I was browsing through social media, and I noticed a thread of tweets from people who seemed disappointed, irritated, and even angry that the teacher’s decapitation in France hasn’t brought about the kind of global outrage caused by the murder of George Floyd.
I don’t know what kind of world view these people have or how they think, but I decided to put into words my thoughts on the subject.
What happened to the professor was tragic and criminal, but the professor chose to provoke people by ridiculing their beliefs. Generally, politics and religion aren’t appropriate topics for discussion in a classroom, but if it is a history or religion class, these topics can and should be addressed respectfully. Even a professor has a right to express their personal opinion without disrespecting anyone.
And while we’re on the subject of rights, what happened to the rights of the person who was arrested and imprisoned for saying that the professor “deserved” what he got? Did that person not have a right to express an opinion? Or did that opinion clash with the personal beliefs of a certain group of people?
The law is supposed to be fair. All aspects surrounding an act should be considered when judged. When people view things from the perspective that only serves them and their personal beliefs and doesn’t take into account every detail of an event, their thoughts, words, and actions are those of a closed mind and a limited view.
Why would any professor, a person who is supposed to educate, a person who has a certain power and responsibility, choose to divide people instead of working toward a more peaceful world?
Of course that professor didn’t deserve what happened to him, but the murderer was caught and will be punished. Making this about Muslims is just as ignorant as killing someone for making fun of a religion. It is necessary to do it at this time, though, because doing so serves a specific group of people. Just open your mind, use your brain, and follow the money. It’s always about money.
But I digress…
The question in the tweet was how come the decapitation didn’t get the same response.
Because the professor was killed by a citizen who got caught and will pay the consequences of his action, and Floyd was killed by someone who is supposed to “protect” and “serve.”
Because the people in uniform believe they’re above the law.
Because the police are not held accountable for their actions.
Because people are tired of the corrupt district attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and the police and sheriff deputies who have destroyed the justice system from within.
Because people want to make sure everyone is held accountable for their actions.
Because in one case justice was served, and in the other it wasn’t.
Everything that happened after the murder of Floyd happened because people finally decided to do something about the ongoing corruption of police, sheriff deputies, and everyone else who has a hand in interrupting justice.
People all over the world stood with this because this problem exists in many countries, and people all over the world have seen it and suffered its consequences.
The professor is not forgotten. However, deep down, most people understand empathy, and they can see where it’s absent; they understand being provoked and how they themselves might react when provoked. Deep down, people know right and wrong.
This global movement is about righting a wrong that has affected people for a long time. It just so happens that in this particular case, the catalyst was a criminal.
This global movement is not about Floyd; it’s about legalized murder; it’s about the crimes committed by the authorities, the ones that happen again and again, and without consequences.
I’ll end my response with this paragraph:
(published in https://nooshasblog.blogspot.com/2020/10/open-letter.html)
“To the idiots who go around destroying and murdering people who don’t agree with their views, religions, and ideologies, whether they are individuals or governments, I say: ‘If you haven’t yet understood that we are all connected, you haven’t understood your own religion. At the very least, we are all connected by one golden rule, the one anyone with half a brain should have gotten by now, the one all religions have in common, the one that tells you not to do to anyone what you don’t want done to you.’”