Not so long ago, I learned that racism does not apply only to colour. I grew up thinking that if you were racist that meant you didn’t like black people. Somehow, it was generally specific to blacks. I am sure someone else, due to the environment they grew up in, will have had another idea of what a racist person is. Just for the record, I am not a racist person and don’t support racist discrimination.
I like the United Nations definition of racist discrimination best:
…any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.
As pointed out on Superfrenchie, time and time again (rightly so), French are being discriminated against by racist people, generally in America. At first, I thought…hmmm…that is not right. Race is all about colour.
However, Superfrenchie drew up a good example for one’s mind by saying you can simply replace French with black, Chinese, or any other and it seems worse. All of a sudden, it becomes racist just by replacing one word for another. Why?
Those French are lazy. (Now, replace French with blacks.)
Those blacks are lazy.
Those French cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys. (Replace French with black.)
Those black cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys.
On American tv news and in American newspapers comments like these are made enough times in reference to the French that it is disturbing.
Do you really think that these same media outlets are going to air or print these types of comments if French were replaced by black? I don’t think so. It would be the start of a second Civil War. So, why are these media outlets doing it against the French? Racism discrimination is not ok no matter the “race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin” of the person being hurt by it. Whether that person is French or black or white or European or Asian or Arab or Indian or yellow or African or brown or green or German or American or well you get the point.
What do you think?
Is it racism when someone calls the French lazy or a cheese-eating-surrender-monkey?
Personally, I think some Americans have a bad case of Francophobia. I think Superfrechie.com is the perfect medicine for that. If you know or see anyone with a case of Francophobia, please, send them over to Superfrenchie.com to get a good dose of medicine.
BTW, Superfrenchie.com recently turned 1 year old. It has grown to be one of the most read French blogs in the world. The articles are well researched, well written and lots of lively discussion goes on in the comments box. If you haven’t found Superfrenchie in bloggie world, yet, you are missing out.
See my recent post Who said the French are cowards? to learn more about the brave Frenchmen who died for their country and the world.