First Miss Black France Competition Picketed for Exclusion

The first Miss Black France pageant crowns 21-year old student Mbathio Beye.

French women everywhere are outraged today! NOT!  A couple french men and some right wingers are weighing in on a competition that took place on Saturday that did not include anyone, but french black women.  The competition has left the country in disarray as they attempt U.S. tolerance with this sort of thing, according to one historian.

According to Madame Noire, Patrick Lozès is the President of the French Representative Council of Black Associations and his council gave the full approval for the Miss Black France contest that was held on Saturday.  While his council gave approval, he does not believe that the competition is “progressive,” but destructive:

“This logic is detrimental to the values of French society,” he said. “If I think that there are not enough Black people in the most prestigious schools and companies, am I going to go create establishments exclusively reserved for Blacks?”

Uhhhh YEAH! What kind of statement is that?  That is the very reason we have historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s)  in America.  He went on to say:

“…It’s a contest that stipulates that white women are not welcome, which is very disturbing. This initiative could be perceived as a hostile event that will further erode national unity.”

If he felt that strongly, why did the event get the council’s approval?  Makes you say, “Hmmmmm.”  Doesn’t it?

The other “expert” historian Pascal Blanchard, a specialist in immigration at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, called it “stupid” and “dangerous”:

“I know that in the US, there are ethnic beauty contests. The fact that they’re tolerated doesn’t change my mind,” he said. “Anytime that anyone, no matter where in the world, talks to me about a contest reserved for a specific racial category, I hit the roof!”

Well, you should get that noggin looked at Blanchard!  If you’re a true historian, you should recognize the importance of history and how it has made these types of events like the Miss Black France competition “tolerated” in the U.S.  Someone sounds like a fraud to me!  If it weren’t for these types of actions taken by black communities throughout the DIASPORA, not only would there not be a place for our struggle for equal rights, it would not even be mentioned in history.

Which brings me to the reason for this event.  The pageant’s organizer, Frederic Royer,  said that if black women could get a job in the fashion mecca, maybe this event would not have been necessary:

“All the black models tell me they can’t find work in France, so they are going to London and New York,” said Frederic Royer. “French magazines also never feature black women on their covers.”

Right wing activists in the country picketed Saturday’s competition and called for a “Miss White France” competition.  According to UPI, one picketer that wanted to remain anonymous said:

“Why should Asians and Africans come here and have more rights than us?” one demonstrator who declined to be identified told Radio France Internationale. “This is why we are demanding a Miss White France.”

Maybe the conversation should be “Why has society made these types of events necessary?” Congratulations to the first annual Miss Black France pageant winner Mbathio Beye, a 21-year-old student who was born in Senegal.

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-J.C. Brooks

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