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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Septembre - Burkini: racist and sexist arrested (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:05:22 +0300

The decisions of some mayors, then invalidated by the State Council to ban Burkini port on the beaches of their cities is part of an Islamophobic climate more and more significant, which also reveals the instrumentalization of Defense womens rights. ---- Elected officials who make bylaws to prohibit Burkini, approved by the Nice Administrative Court then invalidated by the State Council. In Cannes and Nice, women verbalized to a garment, publicly insulted by racist, and out of the water by the municipal police. On behalf of disturbing public order and secularism, political and racist discourse is increasingly released. The pretext of disturbing public order, it is always the same, which are referred es: again Muslims and Muslims are victims of racist policies in the name of "the struggle against terrorism." Already with the introduction of a state of emergency, Muslims or perceived-as-es-s were the main victims of administrative searches and house arrest. Into believing that a veil or Burkini could create "disturbing public order", racist or amalgam between Muslims and Muslim "terrorists" is done.

colonial history of France

If claim of secularism is also used to unleash racist acts and speech, while at the legal level, the international conventions include religious expression in the expression of opinions in public space, and do not limit the private sphere. This conception of religious expression limited to the bathroom is used to discriminate against Muslims and Muslim. This racism is justified by culture, not by a supposed biological difference. This justification implies that there is a homogenous Muslim culture, invariable, radically incompatible, and threatening what would be a French or Western culture, it also supposedly homogeneous and unchanging. This goes in the direction of the essentializing and racist vision of the "clash of civilizations". It is always the Muslims for over thirty years that the media questioned their compatibility with the Republic, "French values", etc. And it is they who are being asked to become detached during recent attacks.

This racist vision that represents Muslims and Muslims as "fundamentalists", the "obscurantist" is similar to the colonial history of France when she embarked on a mission to "civilize" the colonized peoples. These Islamophobic measures specifically affecting women. Again it is they who are forbidden to dress as they wish in public space. They are oppressed because they are women and because they are Muslim or perceived.

These racist acts are themselves sometimes justified in the name of feminism. This would release these women wearing a veil because they are necessarily alienated because their nature is to be subject to their husbands, their brothers. This rhetoric is not interested in the reasons these women have to dress in this way and does not take more account of social relations. The de facto exclusion of these Muslim women from the public space back to force them to stay at home. It is time to fight this escalating Islamophobic share of power.

Quentin (AL Rennes)

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