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It's never as simple as racism or economic disadvantage. I would not hesitate to say that the US a problem with racism and being on the receiving end of racial descrimination is an economic disadvantage. However, it doesn't do a great deal to explain why some people riot and other people don't. African Americans have been involved in some rather dramatic riots on ocassion. They certainly have been victims of racial descrimination. However, Mexican Americans and Asian Americans have been the receipients of essentially about as much descrimination and I don't recall an instance of their engaging in riots.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 06:48:57 PM EST
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No rioting, but some massive, massive, demonsrations.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 06:51:16 PM EST
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There's a big difference between peaceful protest and setting fire to stuff.
by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 06:54:47 PM EST
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Yes, but what does this have to do with the topic we are discussing?  You lost me.  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 10:06:07 PM EST
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The difference in the way that people who have all suffered the economic and psychological impact of racial discrimination deal with their grievances. You seem to be trying to establish racial discrimination as the cause of the riots in France. I am pointing to the US experience to demonstrate the difficulty is establishing such a cause and effect relationship.

I don't think there are very many people who would try to claim that there are no problems with racism in France. The question is whether that caused the riots. While I'm sure that it has some relation to events, it doesn't appear to be that simple.

by Richard Lyon (rllyon@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 10:14:15 PM EST
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