The tragic deaths in France expose the disenfranchisement of Muslims

by , under Enrique Tessieri

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

James Baldwin (1924-87)

Ir, there is one matter that the killings in France have reinforced, it is the disenfranchisement of the Muslim community of France. How is it possible that two deranged persons that caused tragic deaths to end up with the Franch state placing a gun at the Muslim community’s head?

The short leash that Prime Minister Emanuel Macron wants to place on France’s 5.7-million-strong Muslim community speaks volumes about the racism in that country.

Not only is the French state aiming to educate its own Muslims under the new anti-separatist law, but it plans a crackdown on more than 50 Muslim organizations. One of these includes anti-racist organizations such as the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF).

In these troubled times for Muslims, there is a good matter to remember:

On the right, an example of how white society sees itself and minorities when a crime is committed. On the left, the cartoon by Ville Ranta states that the first to appear after a terrorist attack are the racists and xenophobes.

One of the matters that has left me perplexed by racism and particularly Islamophobia is the knee-jerk reactions that offer no solutions and no historical insight to understand discord and pain sources.

In Finland, the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party is just as Islamophobic as Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement national (RN). The PS is in good company with other far-right parties as a member of the EU’s Identity and Democracy bloc.

Laura Huhtsaari is one of two PS MEPs. She tweets:

“The future of Africans is in Africa. The new [EU] pact on migration and asylum must be blocked.”

PS Chairperson Jussi Halla-aho makes it clear in the tweet below that he does not want Muslims In Finland never mind people from other cultures in his country.

What is his soliution? Bring back the boxcars of the Holocaust?

Halla-aho tweets: “Yes, nobody really want in the Perussuomalaiset [party] a mutliethnic or [multi]-cultural Finland, which is consistently seen as well in our program and all of our activities.”