Massacre-The streets of Paris are as familiar to me as the streets of Beirut

Joey Ayoub (Globalvoices) - 14 November 2015
These have been two horrible nights of violence. The first took the lives of over 40 in Beirut; the second took the lives of over 120 people and counting in Paris. It also seems clear to me that to the world, my people’s deaths in Beirut do not matter as much as my other people’s deaths in Paris.
alt

I come from a privileged francophone community in Lebanon. This has meant that I have always seen France as my second home. The streets of Paris are as familiar to me as the streets of Beirut. I was just in Paris a few days ago.

These have been two horrible nights of violence. The first took the lives of over 40 in Beirut; the second took the lives of over 120 people and counting in Paris. It also seems clear to me that to the world, my people’s deaths in Beirut do not matter as much as my other people’s deaths in Paris.

We do not get a “safe” button on Facebook. We do not get late night statements from the most powerful men and women alive and millions of online users. We do not change policies which will affect the lives of countless innocent refugees.This could not be clearer. I say this with no resentment whatsoever, just sadness.

It is a hard thing to realize that for all that was said, for all the progressive rhetoric we have managed to create as a seemingly united human voice, most of us members of this curious species are still excluded from the dominant concerns of the “world”.

And I know that by “world”, I am myself excluding most of the world. Because that’s how power structures work.

I do not matter.

My “body” does not matter to the “world”.

If I die, it will not make a difference.

Again, I say this with no resentment.

That statement is merely a fact. It is a political fact, true, but a fact nonetheless.

Maybe I should have some resentment in me, but I am too tired. It is a heavy thing to realize.

I understand Ta-Nehisi Coates when he speaks of the Black Body in America

I know that I am fortunate enough that when I do die, I will be remembered by friends and loved ones. Maybe my blog and an online presence might even gather some thoughts by people around the world. That is the beauty of the Internet. And even that is out of reach to too many.

Never so clearly as now have I understood what Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about when he spoke of the Black Body in America. I think there is a story to be told of the Arab Body as well. The Native American Body. The Indigenous Body. The Latin American Body. The Indian Body. The Kurdish Body. The Pakistani Body. The Chinese Body. And so many other bodies.

The Human Body is not one. It sure feels that it should be by now. Maybe that in itself is an illusion. But maybe it is an illusion worth preserving because without even that vague aspiration towards oneness on the part of some part of the body, I am not sure what sort of world we would be living in now.

Some bodies are global, but most bodies remain local, regional, “ethnic”.

My thoughts are with all the victims of today’s and yesterday's horrific attacks, and my thoughts are with all those who will suffer serious discrimination as a result of the actions of a few mass murderers and the general failure of humanity’s imagination to see itself as a unified entity.

My only hope is that we can be strong enough to generate the opposite response to what these criminals intended. I want to be optimistic enough to say that we are getting there, wherever “there” might be.

We need to talk about these things. We need to talk about Race. We just have to.



  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • linkedin
  • Mixx
  • MySpace
  • netvibes
  • Twitter
 

Eventos

La morte amoureuse de Théophile Gautier

La morte amoureuse de Théophile Gautier au Théâtre Darius Milhaud

« Memories »

« Memories » de Philippe Lebraud et Pierre Glénat

Paul Klee, Peindre la musique

L’exposition numérique rend hommage aux deux passions de Klee, la musique et la peinture, et révèle les gammes pictural...

Alô !!! Tudo bem??? Brésil-La culture en déliquescence ! Un film de 1h08 mn

Photo extraite du film de Mario Grave - S'abonner sur notre canal Youtube  pour avoir accès à nos films :

Mundo vintage (clicar no título)

Jean Segura, collectionneur d'affiches de cinéma : « J'en possède entre 10 000 et 12 000 »

Journaliste scientifique, auteur de plusieurs ouvrages, concepteur du site ruedescollectionneurs, Jean Segura est aussi un passionné et un spécialiste de l'affiche de cinéma ancienne. Rencontre, ici.


Destaques de París

« Loading, l'art urbain à l'ère numérique »

jusqu'au 21 juillet 2024 au Grand Palais Immersif


            


Notícias

Madrid, 11 mars 2004

L'Espagne, mais aussi l'Union européenne, rendent un hommage solennel lundi aux 192 victimes de 17 nationalités assassinées il y a 20 ans à Madrid dans des attentats à la bombe qui marquèrent le début des attaques islamistes de masse en Europe.

 
Pablo Neruda a-t-il été empoisonné ?
Cinquante après, le Chili relance l'enquête sur la mort du poète et Prix Nobel de littérature survenue sous la dictature du général Pinochet. Cancer de la prostate ou empoisonnement ?
 
Paris 2024 : les bouquinistes ne seront pas déplacés
Paris 2024 : les bouquinistes des quais de Seine ne seront finalement pas déplacés pour la cérémonie d’ouverture des JO « Déplacer ces boîtes, c’était toucher à une mémoire vivante de Paris » a déclaré à l'AFP Albert Abid, bouquiniste depuis dix ans au quai de la Tournelle.
 
Sophie Calle et la mort !
Sophie Calle, artiste de renom, achète des concessions funéraires au USA en France et ailleurs. "J'achète des trous" dit -elle à propos de sa mort.
 
53 journalistes et proches de médias tués dans la guerre Israel- Hamas
Cinquante-trois journalistes et employés de médias ont été tués depuis le début de la guerre entre Israël et le Hamas, selon le dernier décompte du Comité pour la protection des journalistes (CPJ)