The absurdity of the fallout from a recent alleged “anti-semitic” remark by the head of fashion house Dior John Galliano should be viewed with incredulity, after all racist attitudes permeate within French society.
Though the self-proclaimed home of “liberté, egalité, fraternité”, France seems not yet to have come to terms with being a multicultural society. Racist attitudes within political and police circles are rife.
Paris prosecutors ordered John Galliano yesterday to stand trial for public insult, which caries a sentence of up to six months and a fine of $30,350. The designer apologized for his behaviour, but continued to deny he made anti-Semitic remarks at the Paris café La Perle, where the first complaints were raised.
The double standard should be obvious for all, after all it’s acceptable for French politicians to ban the Niqab, stirring up an Islamophobic atmosphere which means that five million plus Muslims in France are being discriminated against when it comes to finding a job.
Individuals like Kemi Seba are helping French youth to find their political voice.
If you’ve ever spent time in France, then you would know that racism is a major issue in French political and social life, if you’re coloured and tried hailing a cab late at night in Paris, then you know what I’m talking about.
It’s not only Muslims, but all people of colour in France who get it, remember the French riots of 2005?
Why not try and tackle the deprivation and alienation of your citizens?
Or are Black and North African’s only required to win football’s world cup?
So anti-semitic sentiment is to be rightly fought against, but anti islamic sentiment is welcomed and written in to the constitution.
“We are, above all, a European people of the white race, of Greek and Latin culture and the Christian religion…and the Muslims, have you seen them…with their turbans and djellabas?
You can see clearly that they’re not French…Try to mix oil and vinegar. Shake the bottle. After a minute, they separate again.
Arabs are Arabs, French are French.”
French moral midgetry at it’s finest unadulterated and racist best.