Should we reopen the debate on ethnic statistics? No, for the CNCDH or the RN

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Should we reopen the debate on ethnic statistics? No, for the CNCDH or the RN





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France, unlike the Anglo-Saxon countries, has banned targeted policies, quotas or ethnic statistics to treat all citizens equally.

In a column published by Le Monde on Saturday, government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye suggested reopening “In a calm and constructive manner the debate around ethnic statistics” and of “Forcefully return to the tools for combating racial discrimination”. The National Consultative Commission for Human Rights (CNCDH), but also elected members of the right and the far right, said on Sunday their hostility to this suggestion from the government spokesperson.

The CNCDH reaffirmed on Sunday its opposition to ethnic statistics, which are not for it “Not neutral tools”, believing that the recognition by the State of ethnic or racial categories would risk them “Essentialize”. Recalling its opinion on ethnic statistics for 2012 and its report on the fight against racism published in 2019, it warns of a risk for the State “To ethnicize your perception of society” and “To ethnicize all social relationships accordingly”.

Avoid any “ethnic identification”

Noting that “The public authorities do not manage in the state to fight with sufficient effectiveness the inequalities which are victims of certain categories of people because of their origin”, she believes that using“Quantitative tools” should follow very strict rules and avoid any “Ethnic record”.

France, unlike the Anglo-Saxon countries, has banned targeted policies, quotas or ethnic statistics to treat all citizens equally.

Sunday, Agnès Buzyn, LREM candidate for mayor of Paris, estimated that establishing ethnic statistics was “More risky than useful”.

“We have to weigh the risks and the benefits, and if one day we have to do it, we have to do it in an excessively limited field, with all the necessary guarantees, but I think that in practice, it is impractical and my opinion more risky than useful “

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“It forces us to classify people and basically, I can’t imagine that we classify people – a human is a human – and according to a pseudo-ethnic criterion since we know how questionable it is “, lamented Ms. Buzyn, who said “Viscerally attached to universalism”.

” Regression “

RN Nicolas Bay MEP was also very critical of France Inter: “At the National Gathering, we have always been opposed to the idea of ​​ethnic statistics because ultimately, this would lead to an analysis of events, sociology, from an exclusively ethnic or racial perspective, which is nevertheless quite simplistic and even constitutes a regression “.

“I warn them, I think they are very reckless because if we go into this, we will do ethnic statistics on recipients of family allowances or social benefits. (…) It will highlight a number of things, such as the obvious link between immigration and insecurity “

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On Saturday, the interministerial delegate for the fight against racism, Frédéric Potier, estimated on Europe 1 that the tools already existed to fight against discrimination.

“Where ethnic statistics exist, they respond to a particular story: in the United States, it is the story of segregation”

, he said.

“In our Republic, the only place where there is this indicator is in New Caledonia, with a very special situation: very late colonization and groups of people who clashed”, he explained.

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