‘No White People Allowed’: Racism in Reverse Feared to Be on the Rise in France

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Paul Martin


Activists from the Sud-Education 93 teachers union are preparing to hold educational training which white French residents will be excluded from attending to discuss the problem of racism on the state level. Speaking to Russian journalist Igor Gashkov, opponents of this exclusionary policy outlined why it amounts to “racism in reverse.”

Sud-Education 93’s plans to discuss the alleged “racism at the heart of [France’s] multicultural society,” and the lack of diversity among professional cadres in various fields, including education, have sparked a heated debate in the Fifth Republic, Sputnik France has reported. Defenders of the union’s measures claimed that such race-based exclusivity is normal, and in line with the practices of other exclusionary movements, such as LGBT or feminist groups, which may prohibit persons who do not identify with their causes from participating.

French authorities don’t agree. Last week, education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said he would file a formal complaint against the teacher’s union for what he said was “unconstitutional” behavior.

In a rare show of unity with her centrist opponents, former presidential candidate and National Front leader Marine Le Pen agreed with the education minister, taking to Twitter to propose “exemplary sanctions” against the teachers for this sort of exclusionary behavior.

The reaction of the minister is beneficial, but must be accompanied by exemplary sanctions against offending teachers.”

Sud-Education 93’s plans are not the first time that minority activists have attempted to exclude white people from participating in various events. Earlier this year, Paris’s mayor stepped in to ban a black feminist festival which sought to exclude white people from participating freely from being held in the French capital. In 2016, another scandal involving education erupted at Paris 8 University.

Debate on the acceptability of such exclusionism continues. According to European politics observer and RIA Novosti contributor Igor Gashkov, for France, the issue of inter-ethnic relations “is one of the most painful social problems, as evidenced by the country’s effective ban on publishing ethnic and racial statistics.”

“It is illegal to find out how many non-white people live in the country. However, the descendants of immigrants from other continents are certain that their share in the upper strata of society is small, and in the [Sud-Education 93] seminars, scheduled for December 18 and 19 in Saint-Denis, this exact topic will be discussed,” the journalist wrote.

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