Last night, at least 84 people were killed in Nice when a lorry slammed into crowds celebrating France’s Bastille Day.
The attack was considered of “an undeniable terrorist nature” by French President Francois Hollande, as the truck driver drove for over 1.2km through crowds on the Promenade des Anglais last night.
As has been the case in many of the global tragedies affecting us in recent times, the YouTube creator community were among many others to share their feelings, respects, and support.
The collective feeling of uselessness is overwhelming.
It currently feels like a new attack seems to take place every day somewhere in the world; and while some may be unfairly more prolific than others, there’s no denying that for every single bad piece of news that hits us, a certain feeling of helplessness gets stronger. It’s a feeling many are sharing.
And as the news begins to echo the hopelessness that’s being felt, particularly in France at the moment, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
But there are ways to help.
#PortesOuverteNice is the hashtag being used in France, by those who are offering refuge and shelter for anyone affected by this attack. Several creators have taken the opportunity to share this out to help any followers who may have been affected.
Similarly, as calls for blood donation increase, those with influential social presence have taken to spreading the word, or even just standing in solidarity with our friends in France.
And of course, politics will tie into the Nice attack immediately.
At the time of writing, the killer has no confirmed affiliations, but that hasn’t stopped numerous parties hopping onto the story and politicising it to suit their own narrative. Luckily, most in the YouTube community have better sense.
And there are many who are trying to help highlight the good in the world to remind us that all isn’t lost.