Regarding Recent Worldwide Attacks
Recently we have had a worldwide attack on freedom of speech. Two events come to mind most in this attack; The most recent attack in France with Charlie Hebdo and also threats over the movie, “The Interview”.
We applaud the Charlie Hebdo publication for continuing their publications in support of free speech even through mourning of their fellow coworkers after the heinous attacks they endured.
It is my opinion that in this time we must remember that we are all individuals who will find our way in life and spirit in individual ways. Expressing one’s opinion on a topic whether it be religion, preference, etc is a right that every person has since birth that is not doctrine by any constitution or law, but by God-given humanity. The day that we are afraid to express our opinions out of fear of violent consequence is the day that we begin to lose pieces of pride. Pride is one of the most important things to have in yourself, so this is something we must hold onto dearly.
These recent attacks on freedom of speech and opinion remind me high level bullying.
On behalf of EaRiE Core, we applaud the Charlie Hebdo publication for continuing their publications in support of free speech even through mourning of their fellow coworkers after the heinous attacks they endured.
I would like to encourage those in media, and individuals as well to continue to speak your mind, whatever it is. We are not robots that will submit and concede to fear. We are artists who will continue to enlighten the world with our creativity and artistic works and views. For, a world without art is one that does not breath. Art should continue to question, spark debate, and enlighten across the world regardless of its platform. Whether it is journalism, movies, music, or paintings, we must all be reminded that differing views will continue to be expressed through art worldwide and on a daily basis. Our unique views and ideas are a big part of what make us unique.
So, in ending, continue to express your freedom of speech, because doing the opposite is, little by little, losing a war that many have fought (and died) for. Because it is your God – given right to express yourself. Because you are unique.
Donald Ricardo McNair