We guess it’s safe to say that systematic racism isn’t just an American thing.
Some members of the French Police are currently under investigation after photos surfaced of officers wearing full blackface while throwing a “negro party”.
The pictures were turned into authorities early last week when Claudy Siar, the former Interministerial Delegate for Equal Opportunities for overseas French, was alerted to the racist photos by a friend who noticed them on their Facebook page.
Claudy detailed first learning about the pictures to the French press, saying:
“Someone I know told me of the existence of these photos on the Facebook account of one of her friends. In my presence, she called this friend and told them she was shocked. The friend was taken by surprise and tried to play down what had happened, saying that they were just having fun with friends in private and that it was a ‘negro party’.
Wow. It’s bad enough to think donning blackface is funny, but to not even understand that it’s offensive is just insane!
The photos were deleted shortly after being posted, but not after the damage had already been done.
Anti-racism organizations like the Conseil Repr├â┬⌐sentatif des Associations Noires have already taken issue with the bigoted party, saying:
“If the police whose job it is to fight racism are too busy mocking blacks to defend them, it could be a good explanation as to why things aren’t improving in this area.”
That’s pretty sound logic to us!
There have been no formal charges filed against any officers yet, but the pictures are pretty damning and we think there’s very little chance of anyone denying how bad they truly are.
You can check out the offensive pictures (below), but be warned, they are extremely racist.
What do U think about this disgusting example of racism??
[Image via Claudy Siar/Facebook.]