French Macron government sacks anti-racist woman


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Rokhaya Diallo, journalist, writer and director committed to social justice

23 October 2017

Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, writer, and award winning filmmaker. Her powerful and courageous work dismantles the barricades of racism and sexism through the promotion of equality and pluralism.

She is the host of two TV shows for BET France, a contributor to RTL radio, and a pundit on several networks, including Canal +, TV5, and France 24. Recognized as an international authority in her field, Rokhaya has contributed to the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and regularly writes for Elle Magazine. As one of the most influential black figures in Europe today Rokhaya‘s insight has been sought by several international media including BBC and NPR regarding her stance on anti-racism.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Institutional racism: Anti-racism campaigner kicked off advisory committee in France

A ROW has exploded in France after a high-profile anti-racism campaigner was kicked off a government advisory committee leading to the resignation of its chair.

Journalist Rokhaya Diallo has consistently spoken out about institutional racism in France including the targeting by police of non-white men for stop-and-search.

Ms Diallo was appointed last week to an independent commission of 30 digital experts to advise President Emmanuel Macron on a new and inclusive digital policy.

But the government caved to far-right activists who attacked Ms Diallo on social media and right-wing party Les Republicains complained that she had attended feminist meetings where black women discussed racism and sexism.

Committee chair Marie Ekeland promptly resigned and said the row showed “in France, we don’t want to hear dissonant voices. It shows to what point we don’t know how to calmly debate different points of view.”

France’s Human Rights Association called the move “worrying,” adding: “In a democracy, the state must respect the pluralism of opinions to inform public action and enrich it.”

Ms Diallo accused people in France of “putting their heads in the sand” over the issue of institutional racism.

French race row erupts as feminist forced off advisory body. French government bowed to complaints about Rokhaya Diallo’s presence on council after she was appointed only last week … the former prime minister Manuel Valls, who now sits with Macron’s La République En Marche party in parliament — supported evicting Diallo: here.

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