Defying SOS Racisme
SOS Racisme, one of several French anti-racist organizations, founded in 1984, has launched a new campaign entitled "Beware of Ideas that Stink". Here, from Wikipedia, is a bit of background:
Note: The quotes around "testing" are mine. The French took an English word and altered its meaning. "Testing" is a form of entrapment, designed to expose racial discrimination.
SOS Racisme's main goal is to fight racial discrimination. Often the plaintiff in discrimination trials, the organization also offers support to immigrants and racial minorities that are facing discrimination. It is also heavily involved in protesting and publicising examples of discrimination in society and in the law.
SOS Racisme uses "testing" as a method to expose racial discrimination by finding where racial double-standards may exist. For example, two identical work applications might be submitted to a prospective employer, with the only difference being the name of the applicants. One with a name of French origin, the other with a name suggesting the one of an immigrant. Other testings could take place at a realty office, where two people whose only difference is race would both look for housing, etc… This tactic has led to numerous law suits for racial discrimination, especially against nightclubs.
SOS Racisme advocates making CVs anonymous when filing for employment but is firmly against affirmative action.
SOS Racisme is very close to the French Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste). Several important members of the party, as well as other leftist movements, helped create the association. The guiding principle of the association, brotherhood, is represented by the yellow hand logo upon which is written "Touche pas à mon pote". This slogan, which means "Hands off my pal!", was adopted upon the creation of the organization in October 1984. Indeed, SOS Racisme benefitted from open support from the PS in the 1980s, and many members of SOS-Racisme became high-level PS politicians: Harlem Désir, president of SOS Racisme from 1984 to 1992, is today a Member of the European Parliament for the PS; Fodé Sylla, president of SOS Racisme from 1992 to 1999 was at that time a member of the PS (he is now member of the Communist Party, PCF); his successor, Malek Boutih, is national secretary of the PS in charge of social issues (including immigration-related issues); finally, current director of SOS Racisme, Dominique Sopo, started political activism in the UNEF-ID socialist student trade-union, before taking membership in the youth organisation of the PS.
The SOS Racisme website explains why the new campaign was necessary:
The current climate in our society is nauseating. For months now, not a week has gone by without racism being stirred up. While politicians are more and more inclined to set up foreigners - particularly Arabs - and their children as scapegoats, the media seem to have found a new market that features a veritable unleashing of racist speech.
To let them get away with it is to allow the social bonds to come undone and to weaken the will to live together.
To let them get away with it is to accept the fact that our society is now governed by the type of thinking that emanates from the Ministry of Immigration and National Identity.
Note: The above statement is a good example of the twisted logic of the Left. Minister of Immigration Eric Besson made history a while back when he said that France was "neither a people, nor a language, nor a territory, nor a religion, it is a conglomerate of peoples who want to live together. There is no ethnic Frenchman, there is only an ethnically mixed France." Apparently, these words were not enough to calm the angry SOS Racism watch dogs. For them Besson is no doubt an "extreme right-winger" because he has expelled some immigrants. The number expelled never comes close to the number allowed in or amnestied, but to them, expelling anybody is a sign of racism.
Because we are attached to the goal of living together, we refuse this troubling evolution in which racist speech smells of a rancid France.
We call on each of you to commit to building a society in which we are all considered as having equal dignity.
The Bloc Identitaire, the network of identitarians who advocate for the preservation of regional cultures, has responded with a parody that is also an expression of indignation:
The current climate in our society is nauseating. For months now, not a day has gone by without some insult or assault against ethnic Frenchmen. While the "anti-racist" ideologues are more and more inclined to set up Frenchmen - particularly the patriots - and their children as scapegoats, the media seem to have found a new market that features a veritable unleashing of anti-French speech.
To let them get away with it is to allow the social bonds to come undone and to weaken our ability to defend our identity.
To let them get away with it is to accept the fact that our society is now governed by those who disdain our history, our traditions and our civilization.
Because we are attached to our homeland and to our people, we refuse this troubling evolution in which anti-French speech smells of a hunt for white men.
We call on each of you to commit to building a society in which ethnic Frenchmen are regarded with dignity and respect.
Those interested can also join a Facebook group. Look for "Méfiez-vous des idées qui puent.
The sinister poster below is the response to the one at the top. Four anti-racist organizations are targeted: CRAN (Representative Council of Black Associations), LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism), MRAP (Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples) and SOS Racisme, represented here by its logo - a yellow hand with the words "Hands Off My Pal". There is a fifth entity - possibly the guiltiest of all - in the upper left corner. Blue, white and red, the colors of France. These ideas that "stink" emanate from many sources, but originate with the government.