From Charlie to Martin: Embracing Diversity

In the aftermath of recent attacks, isn’t diversity itself the biggest victim?

The day after I volunteered to write this post, I woke up hearing about the barbaric shootings that killed 12 journalists at the satirical French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in my home country. The terror continued for three days, leaving the world in disarray.

Over a week later, I am still trying to figure out what this means and thinking through the bigger lessons we can take from the events. Dying for what you write or draw is not the way things should be, but it has become a sudden reality. This is a reminder that freedom of speech and the tolerance of differing opinions should not be taken for granted. The recent terror attacks pose a series of very complex questions and problems. How did we come to this? What must we do to ensure this will never happen again? There are no easy answers. But it is clear that we must embrace and accept the diversity of individuals and ideals to look at the problems from different angles. Only when we have an educated and holistic view will we be able to tackle our problems. Now is not the time to blame and point fingers at one creed, one religion. In the aftermath of recent attacks, isn’t diversity at large the biggest victim?

Yesterday we celebrated a man who worked tirelessly and lost his life to dissolve the separation between “us” and “them.” Let’s not forget the Dream, from the “oasis of freedom and justice” to the “table of brotherhood.” And above all, let’s not forget that “all are created equal.”

A few days after the attack on the newspaper headquarters, 3.7 million people rallied for national unity to honor the 17 victims, the largest public demonstration in France since World War II. The latest edition of Charlie Hebdo sold over 7 million copies, far more than ever before. So in these glimpses of hope, Dr. King’s dream is living.


Benjamin Dupont, VP of Talent, HackerAgency