Charlotee Farhan is an artist who currently lives in the UK after being born and raised in the suburbs of Paris. The events of last Friday touched very close to her actual home and family. The way the world reacted, however, also disturbed her. Like others with perhaps more distance from the tragedy, when she saw Facebook responding with the French flag filter, she was disappointed. She decided to post this status, and it quickly went viral:
I won't be changing my profile to the French flag even though I am French and from Paris. The reason for this is that if I did this for only Paris this would be wrong. If I did this for every attack on the world, I would have to change my profile everyday several times a day. My heart is with the world, no borders, no hierarchy, I hold every human's life with value who is attacked by extremist beliefs whether they are based on religion, prejudice or profit! Don't be part of the "us and them" mentality which the war mongers want you to do.
Charlotte wrote in a follow-up article for CNBC that part of the reason she spoke up was that her British husband is of Jordanian descent, as well as being Muslim:
My husband's family are from Jordan and The West Bank in the occupied territories where our family originate, so we see conflict and tragedy there continuously. I thought to myself: My husband and our family have not been given this opportunity on Facebook, nor have the people from Beirut, Lebanon, which was attacked the day before Paris and the list goes on of the conflicts and tragedies around the globe needing the same acknowledgment.
So I decided to speak up for everyone — instead of only Paris. I wanted to express the hypocrisy I felt and possibly make people think before following the suggested trend. I cannot speak for anyone but myself and wanted people to feel less isolated.
Who knew your Facebook profile could say so much about you?