Guest post: If you say “I am not Charlie,” you are not a liberal
Guest post by Josh Spokes.
It is not “liberal” to tut-tut at Charlie Hebdo. It is not “liberal” to insist on turning your head away from misogyny and murder because the perpetrators are part of a group that experiences racist oppression.
If you say “I am not Charlie,” you are not a liberal. You are rejecting enlightenment values. Universal human values.
It does not matter who you vote for, how progressive your circle of friends is, or how mindfully you shop, or how faithfully you donate to NPR. You are not a liberal if you qualify your “objection” to murder by asking if maybe the Charlie Hebdo writers should have dressed their prose more modestly if they didn’t want to get murdered.
And you’re insulting your own intelligence and your own good moral core when you pass along what are now known lies – objectively false statements – about Charlie Hebdo. If you want to object to this, please do some wider reading first. Do not be confident that the prevailing wisdom among your liberal friends will guide you correctly.
I made that mistake. I won’t make it again.