It’s no surprise that in difficult economic times, those anxieties should take a nasty, xenophobic turn, and many commentators, including Ms. Taubira, have warned against breaking barriers that inhibit racist rhetoric.
“A dike has been breached,” she said in the newspaper Le Parisien. “People today don’t have any complexes about making scandalous statements.”
Maybe political correctness isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Maybe liberals don’t believe in freedom after all? Maybe they are afraid when the culture starts to turn against them?
The dike has indeed been breached, you pieces of shit liberals!
PARIS — Politically correct has long been scorned in French political debates as an Americanism that shrouds the truth with a veil of well-meaning but misleading euphemisms deployed by the “caviar left,” the French equivalent of limousine liberals.
Now comes “anti-racism,” a word that apparently has come to mean much the same thing, at least as defined by Alain Finkielkraut, a prominent French intellectual who, in his latest book, called it “an unrelenting battle against reality.”
So what exactly does that mean? Some years ago, Mr. Finkielkraut elaborated by saying that “anti-racism was the communism of the 21st century,” suggesting that only brave free-thinking dissidents could raise their voices against the reigning ideology.
This could be an empty semantic debate were it not for recent slurs aimed at Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, a black woman who has been compared to a monkey in a photo on a politician’s Facebook page and on the cover of a right-wing magazine, and taunted with bananas at public demonstrations.
These ugly insults have been condemned across the political spectrum: The politician had to withdraw from the list of candidates for the far-right National Front party; the magazine, Minute, has been taken to court; and a petition against racism has collected more than 100,000 signatures.
But the question of racism — and anti-racism — in France lingers, casting a shadow on an ongoing debate about immigration, as poll after poll shows a deepening resentment of new waves of foreigners arriving in France from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
“One can observe a very clear hardening of French public opinion on the question of immigration,” said Jérôme Fourquet, a director at the polling company Ifop, commenting on poll results published in the magazine Valeurs Actuelles that showed the percentage of French people who think immigration to be a good thing for the country dropping to 37 percent in 2013, from 49 percent in 2007.
The liberals hear the distant rumblings of a coming storm. It’s not going to be a debate this time. You shut us out of the debate decades ago. It’s going to be about raw power now. We don’t care about debating. We don’t have any demands, we just want you out! It’s going to get real personal. You liberals never believed in sharing power or listening to reason or allowing White people to have a normal, bourgeouis existence without your constant browbeating, meddling, and spending other peoples money on your pet projects of “social justice.” Fuck you!
It’s personal for us. It’s not theoretical. You mess with our lives, and pat yourselves on the back and award yourselves fat paychecks for it. We don’t forget. We’re not like the celebrity worshipping public that forgets. Every day we top up with rage, and we work earnestly and diligently toward our goals.