Who's Sorry For Terrorism
A Dutch media company published a video today, showing children apologising for terrorism. Our society has become almost expectant of apologies for the actions of others. More often than not it's to do with their faith or ethnic background. How many take for granted Muslim leaders apologising for terrorism? Why would we then be shocked if children are told that’s what they have to do? Could it be that this actually is really appalling, and that maybe, just maybe this idea of guilt by association has gone too far? Written and directed by Abdelkarim El-Fassi, this video doesn’t just highlight how ridiculous the assumption is. It also shows how easily children are influenced; how little it takes to make them feel like they’ve done something. “I’ve never felt this uncomfortable while directing a video. Sure, it’s totally unethical and pedagogically irresponsible, and yet as a society we’ve practiced this on the macro-level for years,” El-Fassi says himself. We can see all those children want to be super heroes, regardless of their ethnic background. Taking away that dream is far too simple, and too many people do take their liberties with this. It goes without saying that any reasonable being condemns terrorism, driven by one religion or another. Forcing individuals unrelated to the action to say it out loud though… It isn’t society standing up to terrorism in unison. It’s promoting segregation, dividing people into groups, some guilty, others not. Doing this sends out a message to children they are guilty for something they can't even grasp. This shouldn't happen, and that's why we unfortunately need unethical and irresponsible videos to highlight it.