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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-05 12:25 AM
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62. What you say about the French and racism
I want to make some astoundingly broad generalizations here: Would you believe that I think they are sort of just arrogant to everyone, whites and blacks, who aren't french? Have you noticed how many people around the world are not so secretly enjoying the misery the French are now undergoing? I am not talking ALL French, but enough. I noticed some of them get very aggravated with you if you don't speak with a perfect accent, if you can't make change quickly enough, if you need directions, etc. You can be Chinese, a white American or a black African; most likely they will treat you like crap. It's not racism so much as they know you aren't really French. And you know what, a second generation Algerian living there isn't French to them either, any more than a second generation Canadian living there would be. I think you have to be able to trace your family back 500 years or something to be accepted as French.

Does that bother me too much? No, because most people in most countries don't really openly accept immigrants. An immigrant in any country really has to work to fit in, to assimilate. If an immigrant group doesn't really want to assimilate, there will be nothing but problems. One can never expect the host country to bend over backwards. I ssupect there is discrimination against immigrants in every country and it should just be expected as a part of human nature. The big group doesn't like accepting the different stranger in its midst. Each group coming into America met resistance, the Irish, Chinese, Germans, Slavs, Italians, etc.
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