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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Allons L'enfants De La Patrie...

The colors of the flags are not the only colors France and the United States have in common. Truth in black and white. (Verite en blanc et noir.) For nearly three weeks race riots have continued in the land of "Equality, liberty, and fraternity". The rioting is the result of an accidental killing by the French police of two youths, of Black African descent. Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Traore, aged 15 were electrocuted at an electricity sub-station in Clichy-sous-Bois. According to police reports their deaths occurred when they ran from the police.

The trouble has spread across France and into Brussels, and Germany as well. It appears the US isn’t the only place in the world that does not wholeheartedly embrace people of color. Just as the hurricane, Katrina, exposed the US’ problem of racial neglect in the Gulf Coast region, the latest rioting in Europe has exposed similar conditions, much to the embarrassment of these rich member nations of the G8.

The statements by the French government administrators and the manner in which they are responding to this crisis suggests they should perhaps consider changing their country's motto to
"Equality, liberty, fraternity, and STUPIDITY."


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