Is it still cultural diversity if your team Is multi-racial as a by-product of French colonialism? Branko Miletic reports.
WHEN FRANCE WON the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Croatia, it was France’s second World Cup victory in 20 years. For some, it was a celebration and vindication of France’s multi-ethnic football team.
A total of 15 members of France’s 23-man winning squad are of African descent — a fact that divided some in the country before and even well into the tournament.
But these players are not just from Africa; they hail almost exclusively from countries that
were once the African colonies of an expansionist and brutal French colonial empire, whose reputation for mass killing and genocide was only exceeded by the actual barbarism it practised.
However, this inconvenient truth did not stop the professional agitators of LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism), a supposed anti-racist organisation, claiming a day after the final that Croatia’s football team was “racist” because of its player’s “whiteness”.
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As one of France’s most influential NGOs, LICRA has given itself carte blanche to abuse anyone it deems as being “racist” — even, as in this case, a country that was under communism for 46 years and that was never a colonial power.
However, in this case, racism, much like beauty, can be thought of as being in the eye of the beholder, as the Jewish-led neo-Marxist LICRA openly shares with the likes of the uber-Right wing and anti-Semitic National Rally of Marine Le Pen — a skill for historical amnesia and accommodation of France’s appalling colonial past.
This peculiar trans-political bed-sharing was on public display during the 1980s when French Socialist former President François Mitterrand went out of his way not to prosecute former Vichyofficials as Nazi collaborators — some of who were living openly in the banlieue of Paris.
Since both the Left and Right in France seem to have a selective memory when it comes to their own nation’s brutality towards their former colonial subjects, here is a snapshot of French racism and cruelty over the ages — an hors d’œuvre of barbarism if you like.
When the French conquered Martinique and Guadeloupe in 1635, the islands were inhabited by the Carib people. The French hoped to convert them to Catholicism. But Jacques Bouton, a Jesuit missionary, felt that this would not be possible, claiming that the Caribs were too ignorant to ever become Christians. Taking that as a green light, French settlers then set about massacring all of the Caribs, so that by the end of the 17th Century, these indigenous peoples simply vanished off the face of the earth.
This act of spontaneous genocide allowed the French to transform their Caribbean colonies into plantation societies, where the back-breaking work of growing the sugar cane and transforming it into refined sugar was done by hundreds of thousands of African slaves.
In 1845, the French military massacred a restless Berber tribe of 1,500 people in Algeria, who had taken refuge in a cave. The French troops burned the Berbers alive, including all the children, elderly and women.
After the defeat of the Japanese in World War Two, the French were determined to re-establish control over Vietnam, so in 1946, they shelled the port city of Haiphong, killing some 6,000 Vietnamese.
During Algeria’s war of independence (1954-1962), numerous atrocities, including acts of torture were committed by French soldiers, while an estimated 300,000 Algerians died.
All this slaughter was about expanding French economic interests like in West Africa. Here, 40 French companies held half the land and backed by French troops these companies were free to operate in ways they would not dare in France, such as using forced labour.
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