A story is making the headlines over here. In a suburbian train heading for Paris, a woman who had a toddler with her was assaulted by six arab guys, armed with knives. She had to surrender her wallet, credit card, etc…
One of the assaulters looked at her ID and noticed she was living in 16th district of Paris. From this, he deduced she was Jewish. Note that there aren’t any more Jews in the 16th district than in other parts of Paris (there’s a couple neighborhoods in Paris with a larger Jewish population, but they aren’t anywhere close to this district). But this district is the most upscale Paris district. Hence the reasonning : She’s from the 16th district ergo she’s filthy rich ergo she’s Jewish (not that I actually believe they would have used a word like “ergo”…probably more like 16th grmmpff money grmppff Jewish). Actually, she wasn’t, by the way.
So, the assaulters decided that she deserved some punishment. She was insulted, they cut her hair, lacerated her clothes, and drawed swastikas on her belly. The poor woman was saved by the train stoping at the next station, at which point the assaulters fled. Not without previously kicking over the baby carriage, with the baby in it, presumably to punish the toddler for his future crimes.
Of course, there were people in the carriage, and nobody did anything.
And no, it’s not what my rant is about (though feel free to discuss it too)
Tonight, I decided to visit a chatroom, something I had not done in a long time. Since it was very late in France, I picked a french-speaking chat-room on an international site, where I would likely find more people. Some chatters were discussing the assault I described above. So far, so good. Then one of these people stated that arabs are commiting all sorts of crimes and should be sent back to their countries. Big mistake : I began to argue that there wasn’t any difference between this kind of comments and the ideas people like the assaulters probably have in mind regarding Jewish people. From then on, I was showered under prejudiced statements.
Because, you know, there are a lot of differences. Arab people, besides being criminals, also refuse to integrate french society, conspiciously display their unfrench customs, have two wiwes and 17 children (that the exact number they mentionned), etc…contrarily to the Jews who are discret (which presumably means that if they weren’t…). Note that I say “french” but actually, it’s the same in Canada. Or at least in Quebec. They also want to conquer the world and impose their religion onto everybody. Of course, it’s a brief sum up, and there’s much more to it.
One of these persons was much more erudite than the others. She obviously knew there were christian arabs, since she always refered to the “muslim arabs”. She knew that Mohammed was a pedophile. She also knew that arabs had invaded Spain, where they masssacred all the christians. Actually, they massacred all the christians everywhere : in Sudan, in India (not sure when), etc… These are quite uncommon comments in France, contrarily to arabs being criminals and the like. If they sound familiar to you, it’s because this girl is american (and yes, I’ve a point in mentionning this).
They also hate the Jews. You know why? I think you can guess, but I’m still going to tell you. That’s because they’re envious. And they’re envious because contrarily to the backward Arabs, the Jews know very well how to reach influential positions and they make a lot of money :rolleyes: (remember, they live in the 16th district and all that…).
I forgot to mention : meanwhile, an Algerian has joined the chatroom, and was calling them on their racism, asking them why the Arabs were always unjustly attacked in this way…because , you know, actually, it’s all the fault of the Jews. :rolleyes:
I wasn’t paying much attention, though, since I was arguing with the american girl. Not only she was cultured, but also she wasn’t prejudiced. She was only objective. She could easily prove it. For instance she dared me to mention even one “muslim arab” country which was affluent, stable, democratic and free. Remember, I had a point when mentionning she was american. Thinking about the importance of the racial issue in the US, I immediatly thought I could get my message across by asking her if she could mention any black African country which was stable, affluent, free, and in the case she couldn’t, if I could then assume that black people too had innate inclinations towards violence, corruption, criminal behavior and such things. Yes, I know, I was naive…She agreed with me :rolleyes: And admitted that black people weren’t any better than (muslim) arab people.
At this point I gave up and let them discuss how racists (muslim) Arabs are…
You know what? I shouldn’t visit the SDMB so often. People on this board are way too much level-headed, rationnal, tolerant and cultured. You get accustomed to this, and when you come back to the “real virtual world”, you go for a major shock.
Sorry for the long rant, but since it’s the first one I write in several years, I hope you’ll be indulgent.