To defend a cause or to be held hostage to it?
This is the elliptical question drawn from the debate on victimisation and the place and role of victims in society.
To burdened souls, it is tempting to ignore the cry of wounded hearts. Its resounding echoes, while failing to produce the voice of feeling, conceal the risk of triggering guilt extended to the maximum, a possibility of opening up the field of responsibility to the minimum. If experiencing the feeling does not allow one to be surprised by the hostility nourished against those who are called maintenance agents of the memory of victims, how can one play the naive when the enterprise of awakening the memory is intended to be anything but abstract tales of the hare and the tortoise? This enterprise is perceived by some as dangerous and is therefore fought against in this perception. And since the lexical element has fallen, is there any fighting without a strategy, without weapons, without arguments, without drama and ultimately without victims?
Victim, a term from which victimisation is derived, holds a position from which, in principle, no one should seek a lifetime tenure. And yet, if the media’s reflux is to be believed, fashionable victimisation is an easily accessible refuge behind the walls of which individuals are busy leading a permanent concert of lamentations. Activism singularly reduced to holding the signpost of the beaten. In other words, in victimisation, the perpetrator called victim formally renounces all the levers likely to improve his or her lot in order to rely on the hypothetical consoling gaze of society-judge.
Victims of the horrors of history, millions of the Black slave trade, entire peoples mowed down by colonial violence, genocides, deportations and the various forms of terrorism are not fairy tales, but an unsought status attributed by men whose aim was to weaken or annihilate a person or a group of people on the grounds of their mere existence.
On the other hand, the systemic falsification of history amounts to the deliberate placing of opinion and facticity in place of established facts, thereby giving the narrative an agreed-upon content. The trajectory of revisionism and falsification completes its expansion through the inversion of roles and the redistribution of positions…