The Meeting : academic row on a background of discrimination - The Point

Several representatives of associations or activists identity of The Meeting appeared Thursday before the correctional court of Saint-Denis for " provocation t

The Meeting : academic row on a background of discrimination - The Point

Several representatives of associations or activists identity of The Meeting appeared Thursday before the correctional court of Saint-Denis for " provocation to discrimination by reason of origin ", after being criticised, with about sometimes hate, a university of the Vendée who had been appointed to a position at a local. The decision must be made on 3 September.

In June 2006, after a competition of the university of The Meeting, Virginie Chaillou-Atrous had been appointed lecturer in " History of slavery, indenture and the economy of the colonies in the islands of the South-West of the Indian ocean in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth ". The university was ranked first, in front of a university of reunion island. His appointment had provoked the wrath of some associations and some local academics who wished the appointment of the Reunion. The administrative court has cancelled the allocation of Virginie Chaillou-Atrous for irregularities in the recruitment process.

But after the remarks that were deemed "hate speech" on blogs and social networks, the university has filed a criminal complaint for " defamation ", "public insult" and " incitement to discrimination because of the origin ". Six persons, representatives of associations, activists, identity, and the leader of an Internet site, were to be continued.

"Zorey imbued with his skills"

At the bar, they assumed. "During that high graduates reunion can't find work, one chooses preferably hexagonal ", stressed Ghislaine Mithras, the association Rasin kaf (black roots). "We reproach the word "zorey" (Metropolitan), this is not an insult, it is a commonly used term in the society of the reunion island, in the same way as the kaf (Black), or the malbar (Indian) ", a-t-she added. In a message to Virginie Chaillou-Atrous was qualified as " zorey imbued with his skills ".

"It is arrogant and despising to come to treat people the way, after a decision of suspension of candidature," said Erick Murine representative Council of black associations. "Virginie Chaillou-Atrous is not advocating here a post, she defends her honour and reputation ", has called Me Caroline Chane, lawyer of the complainant, absent from the hearing. "It has been called the "Nantaise", it is Vendée. But Challans, it is less of a seller as Nantes or Bordeaux, there has been no port of the slave trade in Challans. "Some remarks constitute criminal offences, as a minimum, name-calling," stressed the prosecutor, without taking any requisition. The defense pleaded the release.

Updated Date: 03 July 2020, 09:33

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