The shootings at a satirical French magazine by two brothers Wednesday in Paris shook the world to the core.
Twelve people, including the editor of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, were killed. Ten people were injured. The brothers remain at large. One suspect, an 18-year-old accomplice, turned himself in to authorities, but the hunt continues.
According to broadcast, online and news reports, the remaining staff at Charlie Hebdo, while obviously shaken, vow to persevere and publish next week’s edition as scheduled. According to the website, gawker.com, magazine columnist Patrick Pelloux said, “Stupidity will not win.” In other words, the show must go on.
So why, as a mother and a journalist did this topic inspire a blog? Here’s why.
My preschool son looked over my shoulder Wednesday evening while I perused Facebook and the Internet on my phone. He spotted photos of the crowds in Paris holding lighted signs that said, “NOT AFRAID.” The photo gave me chills. At the same time, it gave a sense of pride that people are rising above the terrorism that seeks to reign.
My son saw the picture from our side of the “pond.” He looked at it and said, “USA! USA!” and smiled at me.
I told him, “Well, it looks like USA, baby, but this is in a country called France.” I explained that people want everyone to know that while there are bad things happening, they are letting the world know that they are not afraid.
That was just enough for him to understand, on his level, what transpired.
I’m not sure what put the “USA!” picture in his little mind. Perhaps it was from seeing protests and vigils on TV in the wake of police-related shootings that have transpired since November. Maybe he even remembers the chant from the crowd waiting for the procession carrying the body of Army Capt. Jason B. Jones to pass through Orwigsburg last June. Capt. Jones’ father started the chant, and many joined in as a patriotic stance.
God bless those killed and injured in this tragic attack, and bless those who are working to bring the suspects to justice.