Saturday, 30 June 2018

"l'égalité devant la loi de tous les citoyens sans distinction de sexe, d'origine ou de religion"

While some nations seem to be obsessed with the "race" of their citizens creating, inventing, using pseudo-scientific categories in different forms and questionnaires, France approved a bill to remove the word "race" from law books in 2013 as this was a move forward on ideological and educational levels since "race" despite a lacking scientific validity has been "the basis for racist ideologies" (via).

Since this decision, the term "race" has only been mentioned in the French constitution when stating that France "guarantees the equality of all citizens before the law, regardless of their origin, race or religion" (via). Now, the President of France is changing this, too. President Macron says that the word "race" - due to its symbolic impact - should no longer be part of the constitution (via and via). Merci, Monsieur le Président!

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photograph of Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron via