Nov 30, 2:56 PM ESTOkay, so these two "writers" decide to make this an issue of race. Racism is causing the riots in France, yet they immediately address the huge muslim population. I ask you. Is muslim a race? Radical islam is an ideology, not a race! Another point. The writers point out the epitome of the Socialist agenda - a truly colorblind society, as they call France. But, and it's a huge one, they go on to say that it can't be colorblind if certain people can't get jobs or interviews? So what is it? Is France colorblind or isn't it?
Riots Point to Racially Divided
BARCHFIELD and JOHN
LEICESTER Associated Press Writers
VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France (AP) -- French officials point to a host of causes
- poverty, unemployment, the influence of criminal gangs - for riots that
erupted this week.
But there's one taboo issue that officially
colorblind France has been unable to confront: race.
In the name of equality, France has so idealized the melting pot that it
has made its minorities invisible - on paper at least. The country does not
compile statistics on the foreign-born or their French-born children. France, a nation of 60 million people, has the largest Muslim community
in western Europe but does not know how many Muslims live here. The
number is estimated at about 5 million - though some experts
Critics argue that being officially colorblind has limited France's
ability to recognize and treat the difficulties its minorities face - sometimes
because of their color. Immigrants and their French-born children often complain
that it is harder for them than whites to get work, job interviews, housing,
even entrance to nightclubs.
"Everyone is equal. That is what is written. But behind that is somethingOkay, let's cut the crap here. Let's take off our multicultural, American ideal rainbow coalition glasses and be straight here. These two writers from the AP ...although I cannot prove this...have GOT TO be Americans. They have taken this story and made it into a Black vs. White racial issue reminiscient of 1960's America. IT IS A LIE. These two writers are lying to us.
else," said Hassan Ben M'Barek, spokesman for Suburbs Respect, a group that
lobbies for those who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
In some such areas
of the Paris region, "there are no white French people left in the streets. You
can drive around for two or three hours and all you will see are North
Africans and blacks. And these are neighborhoods with enormous
problems," he added. "Those who have the means to leave the projects are white,
and they leave. There's no more ethnic diversity."
-The trigger for the rioting was the deaths last Sunday of two teens whose motorcycle crashed with a police car. Lakamy Samoura, 15 and Mohsin Sehhouli, 16,
weren't wearing helmets and their bike was not authorized for public roads
-Having a foot in France and another in Africa is something that Maka Sali, a black 17-year-old in Villiers, identifies
-The only thing they (the government) have done is build that police
station," said Frank Dosso, a black 16-year-old, referring to a
$7 million police station under construction in Villiers. "But that's not going
to last long."