Paris' Deputy Mayor has sparked outrage over her latest statement, aimed at silencing white people from talking about racism.
Keep scrolling to see what she had to say...
This comes after protests against police violence last summer in France...
Sparked by the death of George Floyd.
But before we get there, let's get a few things clear.
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Since its increased prevalence last year, the Black Lives Matter movement has continued to become a force for change in the fight for racial equality.
"What is the Black Lives Matter movement?"
via: Getty ImagesSimply put, the movement was created in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy who was walking home with a bag of Skittles after visiting his father's fiancée.
An altercation ensued even though Zimmerman was told not to get involved by a superior.
via: Getty ImagesAnd when the police arrived on the scene, Martin was dead with bullet wounds and Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. After a lengthy trial that gripped the nation, the off-duty "captain of the neighborhood patrol" was released without any charges.
That's when the Black Lives Matter hashtag started trending.
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This was because Trayvon Martin's life was brutally ended over a stereotype that Black boys in hoodies are deemed as a "threat." Zimmerman's only claim to stopping the young man was because he "looked suspicious."
Say their names.
Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery, Breana Taylor, Elijah McClain, Stephon Clark, and more recently, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks.
According to The Washington Post, Black people are being killed twice as much as white people.
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And this is even despite the fact that they only make up thirteen percent of the population.
BLM has recently gained much more traction in the past year.
After the video of George Floyd being suffocated and killed by a police officer's knee went viral, many people across the globe were left rightfully outraged.
But leading up to his death, 2 other similar incidents occurred...
Healthcare professional, Breonna Taylor, was murdered in her own home by Louisville police officers who received a tip that her partner was involved in an alleged drug operation. Instead, the officers killed Breonna with multiple bullets while she was asleep.
And later, it was found that the police's incident report contained multiple errors about the incident.
Breonna Taylor's killer received no legal convictions.
And who could forget about the death of Ahmaud Arbery?
Ahmaud Arbery was out jogging in his neighborhood in February when he was chased down and confronted by Gregory and Travis McMichael.
He was then shot multiple times by the 2 white supremacists.
They claimed that Ahmaud "looked like" someone that had been involved in burglaries, so took the liberty of being the judge, jury, and executioner, murdering the Black man in broad daylight.
They were only arrested weeks later after footage of the murder started circulating online.
But imagine there was no footage? People would refuse to believe it even happened due to the callouses of the act.
And this is because we've been conditioned to think racism died a long time ago.
But it has not. And you can't blame Black people and other POC (people of color) for being angry. Their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are being murdered for the color of their skin. The question you should be asking yourselves is why are you not angry?
Half a century after Martin Luther King was shot fighting for racial equality, and here we are again.
Black people are still being forced to fight for their basic human rights.
But even during such challenging times, we saw people come together to help the cause.
People from all races and all backgrounds stood together, united.
Nonetheless, things are far from over.
But it's not just here in the U.S. that racial inequality is rampant.
And now, Paris' deputy mayor has sparked fury over her comments surrounding racism...
She has called to ban white people from discussing racism all together.
Audrey Pulvar, said white people should "be asked to keep quiet and be silent spectators" during such discussions.
She explained: "People who suffer discrimination for the same reasons and in the same way feel the need to meet among themselves to discuss it."
Her comments have sparked concerns over the rise of "American woke culture" in France...
It was argued last month by prominent figures that France was being overrun by American ideas on race, gender, and post-colonialism and that they were taking away from French society.
Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Pulvar's comments go against everything France stands for...
He said: "This rhetoric, always justifying the victim, leads to disaster... Do you have to be Jewish to talk about antisemitism?"
The row was prolonged when President Emmanuel Macron waded into the debate about the "Fight against Separatism" late last year...
Macron suggested leaving "the intellectual debate to others" as he warned about "social science theories" coming from the U.S...
Macron also claimed that "American woke culture" was a threat to national unity.
The French President had previously stayed pretty quiet on the matter of racism.
But the debate has clearly unearthed divisions within French politics.
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