Far from 'grief bashing," this balanced article advances a legitimate argument regarding normative
underlying assumptions and the corresponding consequences for universal empathy and compassion.
Put more simply, to what degree does who you are (or where you live) mediate your basic right to shared
humanity, empathy and compassion? Far more nuanced than a reductionist argument that suggests that
caring deeply about Paris precludes equally deep sentiments about Beirut, or Syria-- or the deaths in
Chicago for this matter; or that heightening awareness around this empathy deficit model is akin to lack
of empathy for Paris, I challenge us all to consider the following: how can we personally interrupt the
dominant narrative that continues to value some lives over others?
I say this as someone who knows and loves Paris and France deeply and who has a number of dear
French friends.I also have visited and love Beirut, and have many friends who live in Beirut or have
family who live there. I also was born in Chicago, where violence is disproportionately claiming the lives
of my brown brothers and sisters on a daily basis. I worry every weekend when my mother calls to tell
me that she is going visit friends and family in certain parts of the City plagued by violence.
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