By Christina Raney |Staff Writer|
CSUSB students voiced their opinions about the attacks on Paris, the #prayforparis movement as well as the Facebook profile picture change, and CSUSB students and faculty in Paris at the time.
“My opinion stems from fear that we, America, will be next. I do not want our nation attacked again by terrorist, however, I’m not closed-minded to the threat of fear and the possibility that America will be attacked by terrorists,” stated an anonymous student.
Castellano added, “Why are people only praying for Paris and not any other countries? We should be praying for all the countries in the world and not just Paris. We should be praying for Mexico and Africa, amongst others. If we pray for one country, we should pray for all countries.”
“Pray for the whole world,” stated student Hanna Varga.
Student Mario Castellano said “I’m for the #prayforparis movement, I did see people change their profile picture on Facebook, I changed my profile picture. I did see opposition from my friends on Facebook because they have a different perspective on what happened.”
“ISIS needs to be stopped. Nuke them, don’t over think it,” stated Kenneth Jacobs.
“Many of the people who changed their profile picture to the French flag probably did it for vanity reasons.
Like saying, ‘look at me, I care!’ But I know people who actually give a damn about other people. Bless their hearts,” stated student Rachel Black.
“I am not praying for Paris. No one prays for Beirut. No one prays for Palestine. No one prays for Syria. No one prays for Libya. #DONTprayforparis, #PRAYFORBEIRUT,” stated Heidi Inte.
“I think it is a wonderful gesture to change your profile picture to the French flag, or any other flag of a state effected by the influx of terror. The hashtag is a gesture to send support for a terrible situation,” stated Anonymous.
“Perhaps, most people do not truly understand the gravity of the situation, and a hash-tag is a way to demonstrate support. The movement on social media is no different than any other ‘social movement,’ just a different premise. It is a positive gesture to show support and contribution to those attacked in Paris,” continued anonymous.
“I don’t really use social media, I mainly use it to keep in touch with my family, but I believe that the #prayforparis and the Facebook profile change is to show people that you are symbolically showing your support for Paris,” said Gofas.
“I have no opinion on the #prayforparis movement,” said student Stephanie Pereyra. “I believe that people are posting that because they want attention, it’s not really supporting them.”
Arroyo said “I believe that it’s redundant, there are other situations that we should be supporting. People are jumping on the bandwagon. They are doing it for the likes and the attention, it’s not heartfelt.”
“I believe it’s a good thing, people need to be aware of what’s going on in the world, I don’t even know why people changed their profile picture to the French flag, maybe to be supportive of them,” said Destiny Chavez.
“No, I didn’t know about CSUSB students and faculty, I knew about the CSULB girl, I didn’t know that there was more,” said Walter Arroyo.
Gofas said, “I heard about it.”