The American And European Discourse Around The Charlie Hebdo Shootings

1472 WordsMay 14, 20156 Pages
Alex Smith Mrs. Tussey Literature 4/14/15 Charlie Hebdo research paper The American and European discourse around the Charlie Hebdo shootings is mostly shock, sorrow, and anger, further fueling the Anti-muslim feelings that were sparked by the September 11th terrorist attacks on the world trade center, while the Muslim discourse is also one of shock and sorrow, but they at least understand why the attacks occurred, as almost all americans do not; we should care about this because it is only the most famous example of something that has happened before, and has been threatened many times. An example of this is the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which faced multiple threats of violence after publishing 12 caricatures of Muhammad. Authorities in Denmark foiled plans to attack the newspaper and murder cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who had drawn the images. The Charlie hebdo shootings, however, did not end without bloodshed. Two masked gunmen, dressed entirely in black and armed with Kalashnikovs, entered the building, killing a guard and a guest. They then barged into a meeting and separated the men from the women. They then began calling out names and, taking precise, professional aim, began to execute specific targets, including cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier ("Charb" for short) as well as three other famous cartoonists, known by the pen names Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous. After slaughtering their targets, the gunmen ran outside, exchanging gunfire with police, killing two
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