Will we be Ankara? Yesterday a car bomb killed at least 32 people in the Turkish capital city. Today I have seen a few post about the tragedy on my timeline but Facebook hasn’t offered to change any profile photos in support of the country.
32 people lost their lives in what is likely an act of terrorism but will we be Ankara?
Probably not because Ankara is located in an Islamic country. An American ally but an Islamic country nonetheless and the truth is, the west is not any Islamic nation because our terrorist rhetoric is too steeped in the idea that this one religion is full of bad guys.
To look at this tragedy and say, “Yes, we stand with you, this is not ok,” is to call into question everything about the current “Muslims are bad” narrative. It complicates the over simplified narrative that people who say, “Praise Allah!” instead of “Praise Jesus!” are the problem and not extremist of either religion.
This is a sort of perfect microcosm for the Us vs Them mentality that prevails in the west. In order for us to be them, to stand with them, we have to admit that they aren’t the problem, they are aren’t the enemy.
We should do this. Because they ARE us. They’re people, just like we’re people. Living their lives. People who believe differently aren’t the problem. People who support hate and advocate violence are the problem.
It doesn’t matter if you stand with Allah or Jesus, if you’re calling for harm, hate and fear, you’re the problem.