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Hidden everyday racism in France

L'assignation. Les Noirs' existing pass
Forfatter: Tania de Montaigne
Forlag: Grasset (Frankrike)
In our daily lives we are constantly sacrificing the identity, identity and individuality of others at the altar of the group, writes French author Tania de Montaigne in a new book.

Prime Minister Tania de Montaigne (born 1971) is a regular columnist in the French daily newspaper
Libération and essayist. She has now published her third book: an 100 page essay on hidden, everyday racism in France. The book has already become a talk since it was published in April, and de Montaigne is constantly interviewed on TV and radio, in the daily and weekly press.

I have to admit that I googled photos of her before I started reading. A lady with a noble French name who writes about being black in today's France? I must also admit that I wondered why she had the same last name as Michel de
Montaigne, the master of the essay. Had she taken de Montaigne as an artist name to get an edge in the genre of the essay? And, I must shamefully admit, these are two of the examples Tania de Montaigne uses to show the subtle everyday racism in today's France: that people do not think she is called de Montaigne because she is black, and that people for the same reason do not think she is proper.

Our everyday racism

A few days before I read the essay, I had gone for a walk with my Norwegian-speaking neighbor. . .

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Ketil Fred Hansen
Hansen is a professor of social sciences at UiS and a regular reviewer at Ny Tid.

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