Target: Laurence Rossignol, French Minister for Families, Children, and Women’s Rights
Goal: Criticize the French minister who compared Muslim women who wear headscarves to “negroes in favor of slavery.”
Laurence Rossignol, who serves as Minister for Families, Children, and Women’s Rights in France, was discussing how some Muslim women choose to wear headscarves when she made the comment that it’s not a surprise some women do that because “there were African negroes…American negroes who were in favor of slavery.”
When asked to clarify her comments, she said she used the term “negro” to be historically accurate. She claims she didn’t mean to offend anyone and that should be enough. She later said that she shouldn’t have used the word “negro” but that she stands by the rest of the offensive things she said.
Rossignol managed to use racist, offensive comments about one group of people to make other racist, offensive comments against another group of people. The fact that even after she was confronted with this wrong, she still stood by her words is completely unjust. Tell Rossignol her comments were disgusting and wrong and that she needs to apologize.
Dear Minister Rossignol,
You made sickeningly bigoted comments about black people and used those comments in an attempt to also degrade Muslim women. Rather than apologizing for these awful comments, you simply backtracked on your use of the word “negro” and feigned ignorance about just how offensive the term is. You then decided to claim that you stood by everything else you said.
You’re supposed to serve as a minister for families and women’s rights, yet you make derogatory comments about Muslim women. These comments were wrong and I demand you apologize.
[Your Name Here]
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