In the wake of the assault on Paris that left more than 100 people dead, Facebook allowed its users to overlay their profile photos with the French flag as a show of mourning and solidarity.
Some Parisians are foregoing the display, including Charlotte Farhan, the editor-in-chief of Art Saves Lives International Magazine who now lives in Portsmouth, England. In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Farhan explained why:
“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!”
Farhan told the Independent her post was motivated in part because of her personal experiences.
"The main reason for me is because being a French-British person and being married to a Jordanian-British person who is Muslim, and having lots of family in Palestine, I felt like I would be very hypocritical if I took advantage of Facebook's flag situation because I felt that it would show that I was not inclusive with my sympathy,” she said. "And of course my sympathy was with the French and the victims but I am very aware of current affairs and I know of all the tragedies that go on continuously."
Farahan’s statement is shared by others who are aware that Paris wasn’t the only city attacked by terrorists in the past week, Mic noted. The day before the the assault on Paris, a suicide bombing purportedly committed by Islamic State group in Beiruit, Lebanon, left 44 people dead and 239 wounded.