‘Non, je ne serai jamais Charlie’: Anti-Muslim Racism, Transnational Translation, and Left Anti-racisms

  • Alana Lentin
  • Gavan Titley
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


In the aftermath of the attack that killed 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, there was a demand to identify with the slain victims in the name of freedom of speech by marching under the banner ‘Je Suis Charlie’. That an amalgam was made between the killings and the right to free expression appeared incongruent when it quickly became apparent that those who did not see themselves as ‘Charlie’ were not afforded the same right to express their opposition to being forced to identify with what, for them, was a racist, Islamophobic publication. This chapter interrogates the call to contextualize the purportedly particularist nature of France’s relationship to satire and secularism (laicité).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alana Lentin
    • 1
  • Gavan Titley
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Maynooth UniversityMaynoothIreland

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