The Venice community commemorates the 500th anniversary of the world’s first ghetto with events that include the U.S. Supreme Court justice in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice.’13:06 08.02.16 | 1 comments
'As opposed to the Anglo-Saxon culture, French culture is influenced by Christianity, which judges people, not communities." ' The implication being that France is not racist and could have a minority leader while an 'Anglo-Saxon' country could not. And yet curiously, of the two nations that are clearly referred to -- Britain and the US -- one currently has a Black president, while the other has a Jewish foreign minister at the moment and had a converted Jew as a Prime minister in the past (Disraeli). As far as I know, no such event has ever occurred in France. This leaves aside the various mass killings, deportations, and programmes of racist legislation have occurred therein over the last seventy years. Jews in World War Two, Algerians in Paris in the late fifties, the scarf laws -- the hypocrisyof her remark is overwhelming.