by Larry Smith
As the patriotic strains of the Marseillaise drifted over Paris following the recent terror attacks, social media around the world erupted with gushers of hate, anger, sorrow and solidarity.
We were no exception. Many Bahamians superimposed the French tricolour over their Facebook profile picture in a show of sympathy, while others hurled threats, insults and angry condemnations - all wrapped up in dire warnings against Syrian refugees.
The expression of solidarity with the French was a major theme on social media immediately after the attacks. But this soon degenerated into a racial controversy. Some were upset because, in their view, the same kind of attention had not been given to terrorism in non-Western countries like Kenya, Nigeria or Lebanon.
Just before the Paris attacks, a pair of Isis suicide bombers had struck Beirut, killing 43 people and wounding 239. Last April, Islamist gunmen stormed a college campus in Kenya, killing 148 and injuring 79. And in January the brutal Boko Haram Islamist group torched an entire town in Nigeria.
Here are two examples of the objections raised on social media: