The Atlantic: Karina Piser on perceptions of race in France

ICWA fellow Karina Piser (France, 2017-2019) reports on France’s stand against seeing color, which went as far as removing the word “race” from the constitution. More recently, however, spectators staged a boycott of a play at the Sorbonne performed in blackface, initiated by the children and grandchildren of immigrants from France’s former African colonies. “[France] consider[s] multiculturalism and hyphenated identities communautariste, a pejorative term to describe identity politics—inimical to social cohesion,” Piser writes.

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