Black Lives Matter

France has a long history of racism, police brutality and oppression against Black people.

That’s something I never wrote about because I didn’t know what to say. I’m still not sure what to say.

Growing up in France as a white kid, I always knew that Black people and minorities were treated differently. I could see my Black and Arabic friends get arrested more often. I could hear “jokes” about people’s ethnicity. I could hear stories from people struggling to get a job just because they weren’t white.

I never said anything because I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know what to do.

But I can’t remain silent while Black people all over the world are demonstrating and risking their lives just for the right to exist.

So let me make this clear: French Together is open to everyone no matter their origin or the color of their skin.

I know some people (particularly in the US) consider the Black Lives Matter movement a political issue. I disagree, it’s not a political issue, it’s a human rights issue.

As far as I’m concerned, being racist isn’t political, it’s a crime against all of humanity.

But saying that French Together is open is not enough, it’s important to also make changes.

I realize that many of the articles I published on French Together could do a much better job of highlighting the huge role Black people have played in shaping French culture and making France the country it is today.

Many of these articles will be updated in the next few weeks to rectify this. For example, I plan to feature more talented Black French speakers in articles about French books, music, podcasts, and movies.

France is a diverse and multicultural country and I know I could do a better job of showing that through the choice of images and visuals I publish on the blog. From now on, I will pay even more attention to the choice of pictures I publish on the blog.

These changes won’t happen overnight but I will work hard to make French Together a safe and inclusive French learning community for all.

I hope you will choose to join me.

Benjamin Houy

Important update: Due to a failed migration of the French Together comment system, all comments posted after 6:50 AM (Paris time) have been lost. If this includes your comment, please accept my appologies and feel free to post it again. Merci 🙂


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Benjamin Houy

Benjamin Houy is a native French speaker and tea drinker with a BA degree in Applied Foreign Languages and a passion for languages. After teaching French and English in South Korea for 7 months as part of a French government program, he created French Together™ to help English speakers learn the 20% of French that truly matters.

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  1. Benjamin, You obviously do not comprehend that Black Lives Matter is in fact a Marxist political organization not adverse to violence which has had remarkable success duping those susceptible to their propaganda. Why don’t you take a look at their original manifesto unless they have since removed all traces of it. The betterment of ordinary black lives has little to do with this power hungry movement.

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  2. MERCI BENJAMIN for your thoughtful and sincere statement of support for Black Lives Matter. Anyone with intelligence and heart already knows that ALL lives matter, but right here, right now, it should also be obvious that we all need to do what we can to ensure that police and governments and all us other folks ACT like black lives matter equally. A small number of protesters were violent. But if it’s the violence that bothers people in the remarks — then they’re not really interested in the lives the movement is asking us to look at. If racism is just a fact of life — for Native Americans, Latinos, Latinas and Jews — then everyone in those groups should want to join in to lessen the racism any one of them faces. If Blue lives matter to police officers and their families then they too should join a movement that hopefully will make their lives safer and help them avoid suffering the guilt caused by taking a person’s life. If you think jokes about white people are racist… I can’t help you. You’ll have to try to come to terms with white privilege yourself. If you are poor and white, I know where you’re coming from. Your life has been hard. But the color of your skin did not make it harder, so even you have white privilege. Benjamin has had the courage to really look at his thinking and now that he knows better he bravely wants to do better. Props Benjamin. Respect. You’ve already started educating people here! (but now you have to help them evolve in French as well!!! LOL).

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  3. Dear Benjamin,
    The entire human kind smiles alongside you, interconnected through our hearts and the quality of humanity. Our aim, to establish brotherhood amongst all. Your gracious efforts are of great morale to each and every sole who is willing to embrace a better world where all of us are nothing but brothers, who will always strive to lend a fair helping hand. A huge appreciation goes out to you and everyone else who think the same. The world will be moved by your thoughts and thoughtfulness at a time when humans are fighting for their rights. Bon continuation sur !!!

    Et MERCI beaucoup pour ton mail, je lis ça toujours et je pense que c’est génial

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  4. Thank you Benjamin,
    For being moved to take this action now. As Oprah Winfrey loves to quote Maya Angelou as saying “When you know better, you do better.” I am glad you stopped to think about how you can do better, and decided to act. I hope you inspire others to do the same. Please know that you will face many comments and criticisms. Like with anything you just start doing, you may make mistakes or offend persons. Don’t let the fear of these things stop you form continuing to learn the most impactful actions that you can take and continuing to take action. Continue to learn what to do and what to say rather than saying nothing.
    Thank you. Thank you Thank you.

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  5. Absolutely, we do tend do stick in our own little bubble. Whatever race, creed or religion (or none) we all bleed red. We are all human.

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    • I really like your article, its honesty and intelligent summary of the actions that need to be taken by all of us. Thank you.
      We need lots of people like you to finally understand, that we all can make a difference to those who resemble the ‘otherness’.
      Most of all, we need to realise, unless every human being is treated as equal , there will be no real democracy, equality and peace.
      We must stand together in the fight for unjust and racist brutality.
      Most of all, our education system needs to fundamentally change. Everything starts with the thoughts and ideas we teach our children, students and teenagers. Once we teach and act with integrity and compassion, we will be a model for younger generations to do better than we ever did.

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  6. Your comment is political. As an intercultural professional, who is half Native American, I have to say, “ALL LIVES MATTER.”

    Indigenous people are killed, our cultural decimated, our lands were taken. We live in poverty which is a direct result of government policies. If any group deserves reparations, it is the First Nations people. This is not only in the US but worldwide. In Asia, Australia, NZ, and even in Nordic countries and Russia (the Sami).

    Let’s not forget that LGB and Trans people are discriminated against and killed DAILY.
    Government policies and state-directed terror is an everyday experience for so many LGBT people in the majority of countries.

    Also, police brutality is also a class issue. Poor whites (some would say “white trash”) are abused by the police as well. People forget or are just ignorant of the fact that millions of Europeans came to North America as indentured servants. Basically, slavery that you could “work off.” Usually, that was not the case. Your contract could be sold and other misfortunes occur to keep the person in servitude. Women were often sex slaves under the guise of household help, etc. Even when people were able to exit the contracts, their futures were poverty most likely. This cycle continued for generations. You can see perhaps the lineage of the serf (slave) and “tenant” farmer who escaped the European feudal system only to endure the same in North America. This continued in the Industrial Age in mines and factories. The company town system which “owned” these people basically. They could never get out of debt to the employer. The descendants are the poverty-stricken people in places like the Ozarks, Appalachia, and other rural areas. These people have a shorter life expectancy, poor education, and limited prospects. Their lives matter as well.

    I have lived in seven European countries, including France. The North American experience is not comparable to the French one. Your immigrants came willingly so they should adopt the norms and mores of France.

    So often what is claimed as “racism,” is not. Chauvin in Minneapolis worked with Floyd at a Latin bar. Chauvin probably misused his role as a police office to settle a personal feud with the victim. What he did was murder, of course, but did he do it out of racism? Two of the other officers are “people of color.” Are they anti-Black?

    The situation in NY’s Central Park regarding the Jewish woman who refused to put a leash on her dog after a man, who happened to be Black, asked her to do so. Her actions were not racist at all. She would have reacted that way to ANYONE. She is a self-center, arrogant woman who does not believe rules apply to her.

    Examples abound of such cases of knee-jerk racism claims.

    Often racism directed at Whites is ok. So many comedians do it. So many comedias and others make fun of Christians but if they did so to Muslims it is called Islamaphobia. TV shows are filled with it (“Insecure” and “Ramy” are but two.) There are too many double standards. Too much emphasis on “identity politics.” Indigenous peoples have a special niche since we never invaded anyone’s land, forced our ways upon others, committed genocide.

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    • I have to disagree, Karen Cooper (dog lady) knew specifically what to say. You say she would have reacted that way with a white man? No she would not. This was not the first time she had been approached about her dog. She filed a police claim solely because the bird watcher was Black. She knew exactly what to say to the police to perpetrate and exploit a racial stereotype.
      No excuses

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  7. Merci, Benjamin.
    It’s very encouraging to read your thoughts on this matter. My family and I were really excited to see how many people in other countries (including France) have raised their voices in support of basic human dignity.

    My daughter asked me how to say “Black Lives Matter” en Français. I’m not quite sure. Help? 🙂

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  8. Dear Sir
    I believe in equality and treat everyone as I want to be treated but America is being destroyed from within because our media and left wing anarchists are endorsing violence and death and they are using racism to shut up free speech. So yes “I do not judge people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” We are not a racist country. We elected a black president twice. We fought a revolutionary war where more men died than any war in our history. We have some bad people because unfortunately evil exists.

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      • All human lives matter, whether black, white, red or yellow. Saying “Black lives matter” is rather lopsided. “…but there is still way too much racism..” you claim. I would ask on what basis do you make this claim? How much is too much? Racism is ugly but it exists and I don’t pretend there’s no racism in our society. That’s why we have laws to punish those who discriminate against other people on the grounds of race and to protect people who are discriminated against. Taking to the streets to demand justice is one thing, burning, looting and vandalising is unacceptable.

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      • You argue, correctly, Benjamin. Pretending everything is fine is gaslighting an entire race of people, worldwide. Thank you for this letter to your readers. I commend you.

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      • I so agree with Benjamin. Today, I just argued with my adult son, that standing by, being busy with ones own life, making governments responsible for violent actions is no excuse for anyone. By being a passive bystander, witnessing those horrific images, getting upset, but being too busy to actually get involved will not relieve us from our responsibility to speak up. Being a bystander to crimes against humanity is a crime in itself. Democracy is never an end product, but a continues struggle for equality, accountability and a impartial justice system. Turning a blind eye on any crime is turning your back to your fellow human beings.

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    • Linda, you sound like a very good and caring person. What you believe in, equality and fair treatment, is the way it should be. That is not what happens in the U.S. America is not being destroyed by the media. It is not being destroyed by left wing anarchists. America’s history of inhumanity to man began with the first white Europeans who set foot on a land already occupied by Native Americans. You must read more history, Linda. We are a country built upon racism and built on the backs of black, brown, red and yellow people. Benjamin has taken positive steps to admit the lacking in his blog and to explain what he plans to do. What I’d like you to do is watch the movie 13th on Netflix. Read and watch as many similar movies, documentaries and non fiction as you can. Read about Tulsa, Oklahoma. Read about Jim Crow. Read about the Chinese that built our country’s railroads on the west coast. And read about our criminal justice system. Barack Obama’s election did not eliminate racism. I pray you will read and learn and fight for justice with every ounce of you kind soul.

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    • We fought a Revolutionary war based on freedom And immediately enslaved an entire race. We elected a Black president Only after fighting a civil war, then fighting a civil rights war. We have never lived up to the very things we put on

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  9. Benjamin, I’m really glad you’ll be putting more content in about how African, Arabic and other non French cultures have influenced the France and the French language.

    I’m Australian and when I lived in France in 2005 I definitely noticed the racial and class divides in France, and I was quite shocked! We have our own troubles here in Australia but we know we’ve done wrong by Aboriginal Australians and we are fixing it, albeit slowly, but it’s happening.

    It lifts my spirits to hear a white French person not only to relate to these struggles but to take action in a way that they can.

    Monica.

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  10. Merci Benjamin! Thank you for the message you are sending to people of
    ALL colours. Consider yourself hugged by your old student in Queensland. For a long time I have been following your lessons with interest and enthusiasm (and chattering to my bantams in “French”) but yesterday your letter moved me to tears. I am overjoyed at your resolution. May we all be blessed with the ability to see the person rather than outside skin. Ann

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  11. i know you mean well, but I prefer that you stay away from politics. not fun. i can’t get away anywhere, TV, my french classes, software class. sorry,
    regards

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    • I would also prefer to stay away from politics but I can’t just stay silent when millions of people are discriminated because of the color of their skin. This isn’t about politics, it’s about being a decent human being.

      If this isn’t “fun” for you, imagine what it’s like for the vicitims of racism.

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      • Wow well said Benjamin!

        Pam your selfishness astounds me! Black people are suffering huge injustices and some are even being KILLED because of their colour and all you can say is – “Don’t bother me with facts like this that spoil my fun” Please try to find a little bit of compassion for your fellow human beings

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  12. The way George died was disgraceful and no one deserves to be treated this way. However, the black lives matter protests do not help any cause as these people are damaging the property of innocent people, injuring other humans and there have been deaths. I have no sympathy for these protesters as they are criminals. They need to look at the background of George before they turn him into a saint. I have spent a lot of time in the USA and met many wonderful black people who are just like you and I, law abiding people with the same feelings and dreams. Sorry but this needs a reality check.

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  13. Thank you Benjamin.

    Everyone in the world is part of the solution to this huge problem.

    I give so much thanks that I do not consider myself in any way racist, and hope I respect humans everywhere.

    Me claiming to be anti -racist, but not being prepared to speak up, and stand out in the crowd , is a poor response from me, that will allow these issues to go on forever.

    So much inequality. We all need to be highligthing inequality based on skin colour and ethnicity everywhere we see it.

    It is time for everyone to speak up for the terrible world wide problem existing today.

    Tony

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  14. Thank you for reminding us that we, as individuals, can do our bit in fighting racism, but also for demonstrating that businesses can be part of the solution. I shall be more aware of looking for visible steps that the businesses I deal with are being diligent in their equality policies.

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  15. The world is not “black and white”, but colourful, and in many shades of these awesome colours. As an ochre skinned person, i find so much hypocrisy. Because racism often can be so subtle.

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  16. For matter is who you are, not the color of your skin.
    Ce qui importe, c’est qui vous êtes et non la couleur de votre peau.

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  17. Merci Benjamin for your honesty, your integrity and I shall look forward very much to reading more about the important role that so many black people have played in French culture, music and art.
    Et mille fois merci pour votre précieux efforts pour nous aider à ameliorer la langue francaise!
    Cordialement Avril
    #Blacklivesmatter

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  18. I would also welcome this Benjamin. It is not easy to do because as white people you and I have been brought up in a white ruled society. Even thinking “am I being racist?” is a difficult thing. I’m white, when I walk in the street I am not noticed. That is different for a person of colour. I don’t have to think – will that police wo/man stop me? Will that person report me because I am with a white child? I’m in an all white area, church, nightclub, talk, surgery – is this potentially dangerous for me?
    We white people also need more education – preferably from other white people, it’s not up to black people to explain. So yes good on you Benjamin.

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  19. Dear Benjamin,
    I welcome your new approach you intend to take!
    I agree all people should be treated equally and fairly. I welcome any comments addressed to me at: hughnorris@outlook.com by coloured people and white people.
    My wife is coloured and I am white. I would like a comment by a coloured person that all discrimination is wrong including, in some cases yes it does exist, against white people.
    However I welcome comments particularly from coloured people that a person should not be selected for a job for fear of being accused of being racist. A person should be selected if they have the required, knowledge, skills, and experience. There should be no positive discrimination because a person is coloured and/or a woman; they must have what is required 9f them.

    Best wishes to everyone in the world.
    Hugh Norris

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    • Why don’t we stop talking about “white” people? Milk is white, snow is white, toilet paper is white, the teeth of people of all skin shades are white, but no one has white skin. Pale-complexioned people are obviously not white but a sometimes blotchy combination of pink, yellow, olive, even orange in some strange cases, often with blue, gray, brown or purple splotches, even when they don’t have skin diseases. So why call them “white?”

      Obviously it’s a label that enables caste and class distinctions and allows some to imagine themselves higher up in some fantastical racial hierarchy. Even the U. S. Census includes “white” as a category in which you can claim membership. Interestingly, “white” is at the top of a long list of alleged racial categories on the census form but is the only one for which color is the marker; the others are all defined by geographic origins.

      It seems clear that the claim to “whiteness” wraps those with pale skins in a mythic mantle of virtue and innocence and, at least in our culture, helps to establish fair skin as somehow the default condition of real humans. Everyone else is thus assumed to be flawed and even, by some curse, “colored.” Even the current woke vogue for describing persons “of color” seems to buy into that bizarre notion—as if the so-called “white” people were not also of some color. It’s actually insane. In fact, its very looniness might be part of the source of its power, the way the crazy guy who comes into your train car and starts yelling truculently suddenly owns the car and clears it out at the next stop.

      Why don’t we start saying “lighter-skinned” instead of “white?” No longer associated with the pure, puffy clouds of heaven, lighter-skinned people may then be accurately perceived as deficient in something most of the world has, namely some richer, more fulsome pigmentation in their skins. (Given the popularity of sun-bathing and tanning salons, it seems likely that many palefaces already feel that deficit.)

      It’s no news that the stories we tell about the world and our experiences in it are the way we make sense of its almost unbearably confusing complexity. The excellent blogger Caitlin Johnstone keeps urging her readers to take control of “the narrative.” Perhaps, if we stop saying “white” to describe pale-skinned people we’d shift the narrative just a little and help change assumptions about who people are.

      I’m not suggesting a public campaign: that would invite derision and stupid controversy. Instead, people of good will can just stop calling other individuals and groups “white” and start saying “lighter-skinned.” (I try—and acknowledge that it’s not easy to break old habits.) We have to continue to use terms like “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” because those terms become ironic and derisory when we no longer propose the existence of a category of “white” humans.

      I realize that, in the face of the enormous, seemingly inexorable evils of bigotry and racism, this must seem like a trivial gesture. But, then, words matter. The words we use to describe things become confounded with the things themselves. Why, after all, have lighter-skinned people, despite the obvious mislabel, been designated “white” for a few hundred years? Worth a try? It’s easy and requires no planning, no investment or fundraising.

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    • Dear Hugh Norris
      I am a white Australian woman. I wasn’t going to reply to you but I realised that if I didn’t I would be just allowing the myth that white middle class men are discriminated against and that people of colour (or women) would get the jobs if they were qualified for them. This is just not true. Why is it that white middle class men make up the bulk of our politicians and people running the powerful companies of the world, when there are many people of colour who would be very capable. They just don’t have the financial backing for this to happen. You obviously feel uncomfortable with your coloured wife’s friends and or family which is sad. Maybe sitting and listening to them speak about their experiences without defending white people would help to bridge that gap. I wish you well with this challenge.

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  20. The colour of skin does not differentiate the people, white or black have dreams, both are son of God and have the sacred right to be respected and to be happy.

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  21. Thank you for your statement Benjamin. As a black woman I truly appreciate it. I would definitely like to see more articles and works about the contribution of black french men and women to France’s society and culture.

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  22. Thanks for being mindful and using your platform to showcase and highlight the contribution black people have in French culture, music, art, language etc. #BlackLivesMatter. Subscribed to your page and newsletters for years and will continue to do so.

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  23. I’m proud of you Benjamin for your upcoming choices, good for you. Sometimes, I tell people to put themselves in the shoes of a blind man. Race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, nothing matters, in his eyes we are all the same. Mean cruel people who have no moral feelings for others have to be possessed by satan.

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  24. As an Black man in American, my heart is filled with appreciation for your comments. You are one person and you will touch so many with your understanding and commitment to the cause of Black Lives Matter. Change will occur in France and in the United States. I look forward to my continued relationship with you and all others like you in the study of the French language and in the quest for social justice.

    Merci,

    Cedric

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  25. Merci, Benjamin! Je suis une femme noire aux États-Unis et j’apprécie votre volonté de réfléchir et de changer quelque chose pour le mieux dans vos messages. J’aime beaucoup votre blog et c’est du progrès!

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  26. I too have been wrestling with my inner feelings about the Black Lives Matter protests that have erupted all over. It’s so refreshing to read your honest statement, because it includes your declaration of the positive actions that you intend to adopt, within the realms of your own power to enact change. I’ve been paralysed; not wanting to take the easy route of posting a black square on social media and thinking, “Great, job done”.

    Time to start listening, time for both respected representatives of the black community and ordinary black people in our society to start telling and showing the rest of us the very first steps that we can take to effect change. We do need a route map. It’s a very, very complex task, but those of us who believe in equality regardless of skin colour must unify to build momentum, while examining and being open to changing our own attitudes too.

    Thank you for helping me to see this issue more clearly. I was and am still struggling to make sense of it all.

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  27. THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT I HAVE SENT TO MY LOCAL NEWSPAPER FOR PUBLICATION:

    As the the son of a WWI veteran, wounded, who raised me and my sister to attend church weekly, I am sorry for, and pray for, all who do not have Dads like mine. (In some cases their fathers have possibly not themselves been so raised!)

    Someone presented me with a shirt which advertises, “Blue Lives Matter” … yes, I agree. But I say this: ALL Lives Matter! Let’s not discriminate!

    There are many sins: killing, burning, looting, etc., etc.! In short, we may not, then, have been raised to love our neighbor. This pertains to all, yes, ALL religions (Christians, Jews, Muslins, etc,) and anyone … ANYONE … in order to be happy should one adhere to this doctrine.

    Mentioning my father, I did not mean to ignore Mom. Raised as a German Lutheran … a good mother who did not attend church until I enlisted in the USAF. But early on, while I was training, she became a church-going Christian and, I’m sure, it was their prayers that helped me be in the one-third of my electronics class destined for England rather than Korea!

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    • All lives matter, yes, but….all lives are not being persecuted and hounded like black lives, thus the saying….Black Lives Matter.

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  28. And, having recently had occasion to discover firsthand, Benjamin, that you are a man of your word, I am certain you shall do as you say. I admire you for your enhanced enlightenment and opportune response with its overt stance on the matter of Black lives, even as it is being played out so publicly yet again. Would that many more could be sufficiently moved to declare their enlightenment, but more than that, from where they sit, to also begin, like you, to put a plan of action in place in order to do their bit to improve the situation in a practical, ongoing and valuable way. Continued good wishes as you carry on with exposing your first class, unique language programme to the world.

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  29. There is an excellent book that helps with the conversation: How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. Your new vision is very appreciated.

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  30. Merci. Nos deux nations- France et États-Unis- chérissent des idéaux élevés. Pendant trop longtemps, nous n’avons pas réussi à les honorer. Il est maintenant temps de se lever ensemble pour embrasser nos idéaux.

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  31. I thought that racism was a uniquely American phenomenon. On my brief visit to Paris, I saw blacks in jobs of responsibility, so I didn’t pick up on it there. Now I see images of protests all over the world. It’s a good time for reflection and self-examination and hopefully, consequentially, change going forward.

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  32. Une super bonne idee ! Je suis d’accord. C’est le temps d’etre en solidarite avec le BLM.
    Il n’y a pas de lieu dans le monde pour racisme. Liberte, egalite, fraternite. Bon courage.

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  33. T H A N K Y O U ????????
    You have no idea how much this means to me — so happy to hear!!!! More represention. More diversity. More appreciation. More respect. ???? M E R C I !

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    • I understand it is easier to show things from our own perspective. I appreciate the extra effort that you are willing to go through to highlight the diversity that contributes to the richness of France’s language and culture. I continue to look forward to your articles and even more so with your commitment to embrace the richness that each individual weaves into the fabric that makes up a nation.

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  34. Merci for your thoughtful message and editorial plan, Benjamin. All people want to be seen, heard and acknowledged for their value. Your conscious decision to proactively feature more representative images and texts of and by black and Arabic people is a positive way to do this.

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  35. Thank you for that, Benjamin! As a black woman, your statement was very welcoming. My great-great grandmother was a white French woman, however, I often wonder how I would be received if I visited France. I thank you for your honesty, your perspective, your willingness to shed light on your experience on how those around you treat black people. And lastly, thank you for actually DOING something and not just speaking about it. It all is appreciated.

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  36. Good lets start some where, see something, do something. There is one God for all whether black or white. Thank you Benjamine your the brst!.

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  37. A huge hurrah to you Benjamin. Very well said.
    Racism is a white problem and we have to change.
    I look forward to your continued efforts to enable me to speak your language.

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  38. Thank you Benjamin, your very good website will be even better. We must all try to open our eyes and act for positive change. Thank you

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  39. Merci!

    As an African American woman I want to say, “Thank you for your support”. It means so much to see so many people all over the world in support of the BLM movement.

    I agree this is not political but a human rights issue that black people have been fighting for far too long.

    I enjoy studying French and look forward to your changes.

    Peace and blessings,
    LLLYNCH

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  40. Thank you, Benjamin. I have been a subscriber to your newsletter for many years. I may now take the extra step to subscribe to your paid-for subscription. Not only to support you, but to experience the French language that has a face similar to mine. This is important, because after the novelty of learning a new language wears off, you want to stay motivated. You want to see yourself in others speaking the language. These are the intangible things that is hard to explain to people who don’t understand racism. They take for granted that everyone sees the world reflected back at them in the same way, when the world that gets chosen to be reflected is only a small piece of the larger whole. Keep evolving. You will continue to get the real rewards of diversity and inclusion that cannot be quanitifed by money.

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  41. Your comments are beautiful thoughts and very well said. I think you are very inspiring and will help to make positive changes in our world. I agree that it is and should not be political, but rather a human rights issue. Focusing on political aspect, here in the United States at least, I think will only help to divide everyone as we are very divided as a country in our political views. We need to unite in our support and desire for change. Perhaps it will unite us not only as a country but as humans all over the world. I am very much enjoying French Together. I am progressing through your course slowly but I always move forward.

    Thank you Benjamin,
    A bientot
    Elise

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