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Outraged reactions after Pap Ndiaye judges that the “concept of race remains very sensitive in France” – RT in French

An intervention by Pap Ndiaye from the United States on “ethno-racial questions” in France caused an outcry on the right, François-Xavier Bellamy denouncing for example the takeover by the Minister of Education of the “concept of race”.

In France, it is difficult to speak of “ethno-racial questions in a nuanced way”, regretted the French Minister of National Education Pap Ndiaye during a speech at a historically African-American university in Washington. An intervention that provoked political reactions.

Faced with a panel of students, the minister, visiting the United States on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, has indeed resumed his academic clothes, describing the differences according to him between France and the States United in the fight against racism.

“The French state is officially indifferent to skin color,” recalled this historian, a specialist in American minorities, who himself has a Senegalese father and a French mother. “It’s a nice idea, of course […] but reality imposes a more concrete approach”, he continued, noting, in fluent English, that “inequalities, discrimination and different forms of racism exist in France”.

To tackle it “effectively” in the world of education, it is necessary to “identify the poorest neighborhoods and invest more in their schools”, he estimated. This response “clearly emphasizes social inequalities [parce que] the concept of race remains very sensitive in France,” he noted, faced with students accustomed on the contrary to targeted policies based on ethnic statistics.

An unthinkable practice in France where “extreme right organizations are currently powerful” and where it is, according to him, “difficult to confront ethno-racial issues in a nuanced way”. “I can attest to the price to pay when we dare to talk about it”, continued the minister who was accused in France of being “a racialist militant”.

Pap Ndiaye is the “Western cantor of racialism”, says an LR senator

A speech that attracted the wrath of several politicians, like the MEP Les Républicains (LR) François-Xavier Bellamy. This professor of philosophy replies to the Minister that “the “concept of race” is not “sensitive” in France, it is quite simply contrary to what founds our country”. “France will never give in to the communitarian delirium of these American universities where you dare to denounce it”, warns the elected LR.

For MP LR Michèle Tabarot “Minister Pap Ndiaye should work to stop the decline of our education system instead of criticizing our country from abroad and showering the followers of the wokism whose sole purpose is to challenge our values ​​and fracture our national community”.

Senator LR Alain Houpert recalls that in the United States, “Western cantor of racialism, Pap Ndiaye seems to forget that France is a multicultural country which does not want individuals to be first defined by their race as in the USA”. “The Minister of Education must guarantee the fundamentals, not destroy them,” he adds.

For the Reconquête MEP Gilbert Collard, “in an American university, Pap Ndiaye polemicizes on the” concept of race “by criticizing France: he would do better to deal with high school students who, in France, do not have lessons in French since January”.

The former socialist and current president of Demain Souverain Paul Melun notes that it is “unbearable to see Pap Ndiaye criticize France in the United States”. “This minister doesn’t have to attack his own country in an American university while ranting about the ‘concept of race’. This slippage must be sanctioned”, he proposes.



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