When racism is legalized

When racism is legalized and institutionalized, things like this happen:  “France has first burka rage incident:”

A 26-year-old Muslim convert was walking through the store in Trignac, near Nantes, in the western Loire-Atlantique region, when she overhead the woman lawyer making “snide remarks about her black burka”. A police officer close to the case said: “The lawyer said she was not happy seeing a fellow shopper wearing a veil and wanted the ban introduced as soon as possible.”

At one point the lawyer, who was out with her daughter, is said to have likened the Muslim woman to Belphegor, a horror demon character well known to French TV viewers. Belphegor is said to haunt the Louvre museum in Paris and frequently covers up his hideous features using a mask.

An argument started before the older woman is said to have ripped the other woman’s veil off. As they came to blows, the lawyer’s daughter joined in.

Call me cynical, but I doubt this is the first incident. Publicly sanctioned anti-muslim sentiment has lead to hate crimes before.   And it will happen again and again, because those in power tell everybody else it’s okay.

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