Janet Gornick on 'Stirring Outcry' of Paris March in NY Times Letter
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Professor Janet Gornick (GC Political Science/Sociology), in a New York Times letter to the editor, offered a firsthand account of the mass unity rally in Paris, following last week’s terrorist attacks:
As a longtime resident of New York City on a temporary stop in Europe, I traveled to Paris on Sunday to express my condolences, to be counted and to add my voice.
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I was prepared to be moved, but nothing prepared me for what I saw: Muslims declaring themselves Jews, Jews reassuring Muslims, French hipsters thanking the police, the police soothing jittery visitors.
The marchers brought more than their tricolors and this astonishing display of resilience and poetry. Many carried a clear message: France’s political leaders must prioritize institutional reforms that would grant all communities in France equal access to economic security, social mobility and freedom from fear. That would honor the 17 people whose murders prompted this stirring outcry.
Submitted on: JAN 14, 2015
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