Letter of Condolences to the Victims and their Families at Charlie Hebdo
As fellow satirical writers, is not often that we take a moment and look at the world seriously, but in light of the events today, we felt obligated to address the horrific tragedy that occurred today in Paris. We at The New England Classic would just like to send out our deepest sympathies and prayers to all of you at Charlie Hebdo who were affected by the terrorist attack today. Whether you are a direct victim or a family member related to one of the victims, no one deserves the suffering that you are all going through right now.
Unfortunately we in Boston are no stranger to mass shootings and acts of terror. There are no words that can truly describe the shock and horror felt when we witness these acts, and no amount of retribution against the perpetrators can ever bring true justice for those who are lost.
Satire is something that, despite its intent to bring comedy and jokes to its audience, often leads to misunderstandings and arguments over its message. However, there is no room in a society for those who view violence as the means of solving disputes over it. Words can be exchanged, and a constructive dialogue can be created to resolve these disputes as alternatives for violence. There is no justifiable reasoning for the pain all of you at Charlie Hebdo are feeling right now, and we wish nothing but our deepest sympathies to all affected, and continue to think of the victims and their families.
So to our fellow satirists and human beings, please know that today, all of America stands with France, and we wish you all the best as you attempt to recover from the disgusting act of terror perpetrated on your own soil. Stay safe and stay strong.
“La France ne peut être la France sans la grandeur.” -Charles de Gaulle