Cheers to Saying No to Channeling Outrage Over Paris into Hateful Revenge

November 23, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


In the midst of mass channeling of outrage over the ISIS attacks on Paris into hate towards immigrants and war fever, cheers to people finding ways to use their access to a large audience or their creativity to go up against this, including:

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Shortly after the attacks, actor and activist Mark Ruffalo tweeted:

“Don’t allow this horrific act allow you to be drawn into the loss of your humanity or tolerance. That is the intended outcome”.

Don’t allow this horrific act allow you to be drawn into the loss of your humanity or tolerance. That is the intended outcome

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After someone yelled “Muslims suck” during a moment of silence before a Green Bay Packers game, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers told the media, “I am very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.”

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As hundreds of mourners gathered outside Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where the terrorist attack—claimed by ISIS—killed 118 people, an unknown musician pushed a grand piano with a peace sign outside the hall and played an instrumental version of John Lennon's "Imagine”—a song well-known for lyrics like:

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...


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