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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Three days ago, roughly 128 people were killed in mass shootings across Paris.

Four days ago, roughly 40 people were killed in a double suicide bombing in Beirut.

One month ago, roughly 95 people were killed in a bombing in Ankara.

Today, my Facebook feed is divided. Many people have changed their profile pictures to honor Paris and show support. Many others are posting frustrated, angry responses, criticizing that support when so many other places, such as Beirut, receive no attention.

Of course, they’re all right. 

Yes, we should be supporting all the cities that are victims of attacks. And that does include Paris. Of course it’s sad that the media gives more attention to an attack in Western Europe than to the many tragedies occurring in the Middle East and Africa. And we can – and should – still support Paris.

Changing the world and stopping these tragedies from happening is a long process. In the meantime, let’s stop attacking one another for the ways in which we show support. This is not an either or; it’s a “yes, and.”

Marli Mesibov

Marli is a content strategist with a passion for the user experience. Her work spans websites, web applications, and mobile. Marli is the director of content strategy at the UX agency Mad*Pow, and she serves as managing editor at UX Booth, a publication about all areas of user experience. Marli is a frequent conference speaker, and has spoken at conferences including Content Strategy Forum and LavaCon. She can also be found on Twitter, where she shares thoughts on content strategy, literature, and Muppets.

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