Sunday, November 23, 2008

Anti-Racism or Repressed Racism?


While anti-racism may be "the Communism of the 21st century" (in the words of Alain Finkielkraut), the French have taken the whole thing a step further by insisting that there is no such thing as race itself. But, folks, if there is no such thing as race, then there can be no such thing as racism. When it suits the Left to denigrate the white man, there is certainly such a thing as race - who colonized the poor blacks and Vietnamese, and Maghrebins, if not WHITE MAN? When it does not suit the Left to speak of race, then there is no such thing. Below is a hasty summary of what happened last week on French television.

Eric Zemmour, the focus of my recent post entitled A Demographic Tsunami is at the center of a storm of controversy following comments he made on television November 13. The entire conversation, in three parts, is linked by François Desouche, however it is entirely too long to translate. A portion of what he said - the most incriminating part, is posted at several websites. It is inconceivable that such remarks should even raise an eyebrow. There is nothing racist, hateful, threatening, pro-Nazi, or shocking in his statements. His main point is that there are different races distinguishable by skin color. Is this controversial? Would Barack Obama, whose mother was white and whose father was black, deny this?

Both the French paper press and the blogosphere have had a field day with this story, accusing him of resurrecting the Nazi theory of race, of being a "Lepeniste", of making comments that emit a nauseating odor, of being a promoter of ethnic separationism ("communautarisme"), of triggering a "civil war" between Jews, blacks, and Arabs, of expressing the malaise of French "Negrophobes", of seeking a return of "eternal France" that is white, phallocratic, and heterocentric, etc...

If there is racism in this story it is certainly not on the part of Zemmour. Rather this outpouring of venom is an indication of the repressed racism boiling below the surface in the kingdom of the French media and its various talking heads, intellectuals and "philosophers". They unwittingly reveal themselves as being so obsessed subconsciously with race that they are transformed into dithering lunatics the moment someone makes a clear decisive statement on this taboo topic, and what's more, does so fearlessly, as Zemmour seems to have done. This type of behavior is typical of one who has repressed the truth: in this case, because they are "not allowed" to say anything negative about immigrants and immigration, they repress these negative feelings which then re-emerge on the surface in the form of their opposite - anti-white feelings and excessive indulgence towards immigrants, blacks, etc... (Excuse the psychobabble, but sometimes it applies.)

The François Desouche article linked above provides a substantial list of websites that have reacted one way or another to Zemmour and the controversy surrounding him. But first, from Acrimed, here is a small portion of the whole conversation between Zemmour; Isabelle Giordano, the moderator of the show; Rokhaya Diallo, a black woman from Senegal and president of an organization called "The Indivisable Ones"; Vincent Cespedes, another of many long-winded French philosophers who have nothing to say and take an eternity to say it; and Renan Demirkan, a German actress and writer of Turkish origin:

- Eric Zemmour: There is racial "métissage", that is, the mixture, physically, of races.

- Rokhaya Diallo: What are races? What do you mean by "races"?

- Eric Zemmour: If there are no races, there's no "métissage"!

- Rokhaya Diallo: Well, no, because maybe it's the second type that you were talking about... (She is referring to the "métissage" of cultures)

- Eric Zemmour: So there is no problem in that case!

- Rokhaya Diallo: No, because you are talking about the two types of "métissage", so perhaps the second type exists.

- Eric Zemmour: Yes, the second...

- Isabelle Giordano and Eric Zemmour together: Because for you Rokhaya, races do not exist?

- Rokhaya Diallo: No, well, I...

- Vincent Cespedes: Nor do they exist for scientists.

- Isabelle Giordano: We're listening to her... (Note: the meaning of the French text is not entirely clear to me.)

- Eric Zemmour: What interests me in this story - I'll be quick, is that I have the feeling that the consecration of races during the period of the Nazis and before has been replaced by a denial of the existence of races. And to me, one is as ridiculous as the other. What do you mean they don't exist? You can clearly see that they do exist!

- Rokhaya Diallo: But how can you tell? I don't understand what you are seeing...

- Eric Zemmour: Well, skin color, quite simply...

- Rokhaya Diallo: And so according to you, skin color means that I belong to a race different from yours?

- Eric Zemmour: Of course you do! No, but... that you would rediscover...

- Rokhaya Diallo: Oh well, this is interesting...

- Eric Zemmour: It's obvious, I belong to the white race, you to the black race!

- Rokhaya Diallo: No. I belong to the French community and...

- Vincent Cespedes: Maybe that reassures you, Eric. Does that reassure you to belong to the white race!

The anti-Zemmour article from Acrimed goes on:

The rest of the discussion is also worth its weight in gold. Interrupted at the beginning of the exchange, Zemmour returned to the second "métissage" which is, in his view, "cultural". If he agrees that there has always been a cultural métissage in France, he regrets the disappearance of the "hierarchy of cultures" that made "French" culture the predominant culture and thus favored "assimilation" of "foreign" populations until the 1970's. He explained:

"I fear that, since today we have abolished this hierarchy, since today we believe that all cultures are of equal worth, that we are a mixture of different equal cultures, it will lead us into multiculturalism and so to the confrontation between cultures and communities."

One of the "themes" expressed from the moment he appeared on the show was that the alternative to "multiculturalism" is "a culture for different races!" Does this mean that there are several "races", different but equal??? even though there are several cultures (which no one denies) but of unequal dignity?

It appears that Zemmour advocated a separate culture for each race (which has always been the case) while Acrimed is saying that there is no such thing as race, but different cultures of unequal status - they use the word "dignity". I assume they mean that we can give a culture its dignity through... free lunches??? high grades??? unearned honors???

The dignity of a culture is fought for and earned over centuries. The culture may contain different races and ethnicities, but one race, one unifying culture, one unifying system of values must prevail over all the others. Acrimed goes on:

Consistent in his denunciation of everything that threatens virile France, these scandalous remarks from Eric Zemmour are not, in his case, a blunder, but the logical outcome of a career dedicated to the restoration of "eternal" France, i.e., white, phallocratic and heterocentric.

What idiots! Of course France was white, and heterosexual. As for "phallocratic" I prefer to say "patriarchal and patriotic" with women holding a crucial place in ALL facets of life, not the least of which was to form and educate citizens for the French nation.

Note: I have to stop this post at some point. I will continue to post on this scandal as I learn more. Apologies for all the delays; they are unavoidable right now.

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4 Comments:

At November 24, 2008 6:08 PM, Anonymous Nicolas Krebs said...

"if there is no such thing as race, then there can be no such thing as racism." (tiberge)

RTFM.

 
At November 26, 2008 3:55 AM, Blogger crusader88 said...

Yes, I too am very sick of the double speak by which anti-racists deny that race exists.

 
At December 07, 2008 12:25 PM, Anonymous Nicolas Krebs said...

"the French have taken the whole thing a step further by insisting that there is no such thing as race" (tiberge)

Indeed.

"who colonized the poor blacks and Vietnamese, and Maghrebins, if not WHITE MAN? "

Europeans, Arabs, Chineses.

"It is inconceivable that such remarks should even raise an eyebrow."

Why?

"There is nothing racist, hateful, threatening, pro-Nazi, or shocking in his statements."

Why?

"His main point is that there are different races distinguishable by skin color. Is this controversial?"

Not in France, where it is mostly agree that races are not distinguishable by skin color.

"Both the French paper press and the blogosphere have had a field day with this story, accusing him of resurrecting the Nazi theory of race, of being a "Lepeniste", of making comments that emit a nauseating odor"

Indeed.

"If there is racism in this story it is certainly not on the part of Zemmour."

Why?

"Rather this outpouring of venom is an indication of the repressed racism boiling below the surface in the kingdom of the French media"

There is indeed racism against supporter of racial theories such Zemmour's in France.

"Excuse the psychobabble"

Why?

"What idiots!"

Why?

"Yes, I too am very sick of the double speak by which anti-racists" (crusader88)

I am appalled of franquists who claim that women are murderer.

"race exists"

Evidence?

 
At March 05, 2009 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Eric Zemmour, i see him every week on the show "On est pas couché". I don't know if I can resume what he say but i'll try. He's absolutly not a racist. In my opinion, he just say that the Anti-Racism is ridiculous, because he always put the immigrant as victims. And the white are the nasty people who colonize the gentle african... It was true, but today, white are not responsable of the colonisation just because they're white ! There is no link between the actual caucasian french and the french 3 century before.
For the Slavery, he say that the african invent that (and it's true, Arabs are the first to take black people for slave). European are the first to stop slavery, but african continue that.
For the Anti-Racisme, he say that we favorize black people, just because they are black. And if we make differences about the color = Racism...

 

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