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But I think my point applies no matter the situation - Chicago ghetto, Appalachian back woods, or "no go" zones in France. Wherever children have to make difficult decisions on which way to go in life. Children always look to their parents first for guidance.
What is the answer to this dilemma?
The situation in France is not simple, and cannot be addressed with flippant answers.
Serious crime, after all, prefers a quiet world, and religious leaders tried to mediate - at least until France’s Muslim umbrella organisation, the Union des Organisations Islamiques de France (UOIF), issued its bizarre fatwa against the violence (3). Anyway, a few villains or a handful of Muslim “brothers” can hardly be held responsible for the ghettoisation of more than 700 zones urbaines sensibles (ZUS, government-designated problem areas) and their 5 million inhabitants. As Laurent Bonelli points out (see page 2), it makes more sense to attribute the recent violence to a process of urban apartheid - a stark contradiction of the French integrationist model - and to the discrimination and racism that afflict young Arabs and blacks. The smokescreen generated by the controversy over Islamic headscarves has blown away, revealing a brutal reality.
Point of intersection
The drama in Clichy-sous-Bois would have had less serious repercussions if so-called problem areas had not found themselves at the point of intersection of three major crises: social, post-colonial and concerning political representation. These demand comprehensive solutions and the abandonment of the neoliberal logic applied by the right - as previously by much of the left.
This certainly explains why, when the vast majority of the political elite rallied to the government’s call for “order and justice”, it had far more to say about the former than the latter. But as calm returns, is anyone prepared to address the crucial question of long-term solutions? If the banlieues are to have any future, there must be reflection, debate and action.
Sometimes seeing the reality becomes impossible because we can’t let go of the urge to judge good and evil. Sometimes what we are calling evil came about because of a lot of different people trying to do good, and just not able to see the far reaching effects of actions and choices.
So Jemaa fears for her kids, and what they will become. Will they be pulled into crime? Terrorism? Or be a victim of them, like the french people around?
originally posted by: Jakal26
a reply to: gosseyn
Pretty sure it'd take about 5 seconds to go find that yourself.
What are you implying? Your comment is actually lost on me. Can you elaborate?
Are you upset because I ask for proof ? That says a lot.