A targeted fight

By Audrey SomnardLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

We knew the Gentlemen's clubs, some of which are still forbidden to women, and the feminist groups that refuse the presence of men. Today, some anti-racist groups reserve meetings for racialized people. The phenomenon makes people cringe, yet gatherings reserved for certain categories of the population are not new. Let's decipher.

Sandrine Gashonga is president of the organization Lëtz Rise Up, which fights against racism in Luxembourg. Last January, the association organized a "non-racialized" webinar entitled "Structural racism in Luxembourg: what are we talking about", meaning that only racialized people were invited to register. It is not the first time that an association organizes this kind of meeting in Luxembourg, but this time an article in our colleagues of L'Essentiel made its little effect. The ADR in the person of MP Fred Keup sent a parliamentary question to the Minister of Integration to complain about discrimination and anti-white racism on the part of Lëtz Rise Up. For the MP, excluding people on the basis of their skin color should be qualified as discrimination and therefore prohibited. In France, the student union Unef has recently provoked a much more important polemic, based on the same "non-mixed" meetings. Politicians from all sides of the political spectrum came to the fore to defend a certain vision of universalism by denouncing the discrimination of these organizations against "whites".

Public support from the Ministry

The Minister of Integration, Corinne Cahen, had already reacted by defending the association in the article published by our colleagues, but she reiterated her support in her parliamentary response: "it is not a question of discrimination against people, but of a specific discussion methodology in social work", the Minister argued, and added: "of course, this approach may not be the only one, but it must be complementary to other approaches in which discussions are held with heterogeneous groups". Apart from some heated debates on social networks, and insults sent to the leaders of Lëtz Rise Up, the case has not gained much momentum. For Sandrine Gashonga, having the public support of the minister made the difference: "I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction of Corinne Cahen, she defended us and closed the debate. We are not the first to do this, and we will do it again, even if for the moment no non-mixed meetings are planned. "

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