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  •  and your point is? (none)
    You folks claiming the AFP captions are "racist"... you do know, don't you, that AFP stands for Agence France-Presse?

    .. and so on..

    I am a European who currently lives in Canada. What is your point? You think these are actual French people who wrote the captions in French that later got translated? Or do you think it is more likely that these are American employees of AFP who did that? And even if they are French, what exactly is your evidence that the French do not harbour racist tendencies and don't you think it is rather obvious that it is exactly the opposite (provided you know anything about France's more visible struggles with that in their own country over the last couple of decades at least)?

    By the way, what is it with the epidemic of recent "you folks"/"you people"? I don't know personally any of the people on this site. I am not even an American, as most of them are. I do not speak for anyone but myself. Please stop projecting.

    •  Good point about American employees (none)
      maybe writing those captions. And I'll be more careful about using "you folks" -- I actually know it's objectionable, but in this case I specifically wanted to address the few people in this thread who were, I thought, reading too much into a phrase.

      Is France racist? I'm sure it is; so is Canada. People everywhere divide the world into "them" and "us". You would probably know better than I where the French social fracture points are. But neither France nor Canada is racist in the American categories.

      I am a Canadian who currently lives in the US. Until you actually live here, you can have no concept of how much black-white subtext there is to everything, even in New Jersey. The scars of the civil war warped American thought in ways that Canada and France have never experienced.

      Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

      by Canadian Reader on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 08:04:25 PM PDT

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