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Race-Blind: Rethinking a French-American Conversation

Beth Epstein race 10 September 2020
View of Chatou, a banlieue west of Paris

The official “race-blind” orientation of the French state is often perceived as an oddity by American observers. When it comes to understanding recent racialized conflicts on both sides of the Atlantic, however, it is important not to lose sight of important distinctions between the two countries that have a direct impact on how racial matters are managed and mobilized.

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