There’s More Than One Tragedy In France

tragedy in France

There was a tragedy in France. The world is coming together for it.

I’ve seen many posts that speak to our humanity and empathy for the victims in Paris despite political views and history because we’re human. I understand that sentiment. The one thing that I adore most about my fellow diasporans is that even through our own atrocities of loss and pain, we STILL find love, empathy and sympathy for others. The incident in Paris is no different.

I’ve seen this message A LOT especially from people of color these past couple of days.

I’m a diasporan who carries the pain and brutality of my ancestors with me DAILY. I see the pain of my diasporan brothers and sisters daily as well. I can’t erase it or turn it off. It’s something that I physically, spiritually and mentally feel. I’m a conduit for it.

Eggun shows it to me. They tell it to me directly. They manifest their anguish and sorrow through me.

I’m not a callous person. I lost someone whom I love very much yesterday morning. Loss is loss no matter the manner of death.

Dozens of African migrants, standing between France and Italy since many days, protesting againt the order given by the French government to close the borders and to block them out of France. Ventimiglia, Italy. June 2015 Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Dozens of African migrants, standing between France and Italy since many days, protesting against the order given by the French government to close the borders and to block them out of France. Ventimiglia, Italy. June 2015 Photo courtesy of Getty Images

With that being said…
Yes, this is a tragedy for the people of France and during tragedy..reflection, often, happens.

Maybe, it is time for France to do some self-reflecting.

France has been the perpetrator of many tragedies. From Algeria to Haiti and everywhere in between. Was there compassion shown for those innocent lives?

The people who I know that are “challenging” these, seemingly, new found pleas for humanity and compassion for people who aren’t connected to us are not saying that the victims deserved what happened.

Nor are we saying that their lives don’t matter… If I can boldly speak for them…. WE ARE saying that we feel empathy and compassion for them..as people of color ALWAYS do.

We just can’t help but think that there’s no damn reciprocity even as we experience our OWN tragedies simultaneously with France.

This isn’t judgment. It’s a valid observation.

And maybe to you…it’s not the right time to address it.

But if not NOW….WHEN?

K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of "Negra With Tumbao" and a Staff Writer for "The Urban Twist". Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.