This past summer, France saw mass protests following the fatal police shooting of Nahel M., a 17-year-old boy from Nanterre. This movement voiced an untreated wound at the heart of French society: the question of race.
In partnership with the Overseas Press Club, this panel brings together a diverse, international group of journalists to explore the complex landscape of race in France, the US, and UK. From the very foundation of language to the bureaucratic systems in place, these experts will examine how race is both acknowledged and erased in France, dissecting the clash between the values of republicanism and identity-based politics. We will ask: how does France’s historical commitment to universalism intersect with the complexities of addressing racial disparities? What is the status of racial justice in France, the US, and the UK? Each country bears a different social and historical relationship to racialization. How does this translate to the current political reality? Transcending borders, this conversation will foster a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in discussing race in a country which, deeply committed to equality, often downplays or denies its existence.