As protests against racial prejudice continue across the world, we look at how discrimination and xenophobia materialise in specific ways in France. We begin with a look back at the history of this French taboo. Next, we take a look at police violence and how some current and former officers have started speaking out. Lastly, we speak to activist and Professor Maboula Soumahoro, who looks at why language and republican ideals add an extra level of complexity to the issue.
Ayman El-Hosary, a Palestinian artist in Gaza City, draws a portrait of African-American man George Floyd, whose death while a policeman kneeled on his neck has sparked riots in the United States, as a way to show solidarity with Americans and their fight against racism.
As the UN Human Rights Council gets set to hold an urgent debate on allegations of "systemic racism, police brutality, and violence against peaceful protests" in the United States, we are reminded of the emotional speech delivered by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to her former high school, imploring the class of 2020 to “lead with love, lead with compassion” and “use your voice” amid the on-going protests against racial injustice and police brutality sweeping across the globe.
Merriam-Webster, the centuries-old dictionary, has announced that it would redefine the word "racism" after receiving an email from Kennedy Mitchum, a 22-year-old graduate of the Drake University claiming that the current definition is inadequate.