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6.17.2008

Very enlightening article in the Times. For Blacks in France, Obama's Rise Is Reason to Rejoice and to Hope There isn't a lot of information circulating in the MSM about blacks in other majority-white countries. I have family in the UK, and I think the not-talking-about-race-in-any-real-way is similar there, as it is in France. Most fascinating passage:

[...] it’s against the rules for the government to conduct official surveys according to race. Consequently, nobody even knows for certain how many black citizens there are. Estimates vary between 3 million and 5 million out of a population of more than 61 million. “Can you imagine if French officials said, ‘Well, we’re not sure, the population of France may be 65 million, or maybe it’s 30 million’?” declared a somewhat exasperated Patrick Loz├Ęs, founder of Cran, a black organization devised not long ago partly to gather statistics the government won’t.
Amazing. Truly amazing.

2 new thought(s):

Adei von K said...

that's how they are in Europe. race isn't an issue. they are way past that.

The Breaking Point said...

It's difficult for me to say that either way is better than the other. The Americans are quite clearly obsessed with race. So, too, are Europeans ... although we don't talk about it.