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Penny Hess: "I am not Charlie"

Released Jan 22, 2015

On Jan. 8, 2015, the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo was attacked in Paris allegedly by Arabs living in France. Ten cartoonists and journalists were killed along with two police forces.

An apparently related attack also killed four Jewish hostages and a French policewoman.

Charlie Hebdo was infamous for its anti-Muslim cartoons defaming the Prophet Mohammad and generally deriding Muslim and Arab life and culture.

In response, the French government mobilized imperialist and neocolonial governments as well as white people everywhere to defend French "free speech" with the slogan "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie).

As Chairman Omali Yeshitela teaches us, the free speech of Europeans and white people throughout the world comes from the enslavement, genocide and colonial domination of Arab, African, Asian and Indigenous peoples for the benefit of white power.

Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee, read the statement, "I am not Charlie," at the annual Conference of the African People's Solidarity Committee held in St. Petersburg, FL on Jan. 11 and 12.

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