Updates from Frederick Smith, former Detroiter living in Los Angeles, and author of Down For Whatever (July2005) and Right Side of the Wrong Bed (December 2007).
Monday, November 07, 2005
Paris Is Burning... For Real
So I had no clue about what's been happening in Paris these past few days, actually almost two weeks, until I saw this morning's Today Show. They call them riots. We call it civil disobedience. Whatever you call it, Paris is burning.
I need to read and learn more... but it sounds like the current situation stems from incidents oh-so-familiar to us in the U.S. -- police brutality against blacks and browns. Looks like its a youth-led movement. Of course, the story on the news placed blame at immigrants and Muslims living in Paris. So who knows? Every news story is spun these days, and I'm sure anti-French sentiments in the U.S. (since France's stance against the "war") will be a core theme in anything we see in the U.S.
I'll keep looking for more stories, but if you have your own insights or thoughts, please share to keep us up to speed. In the meantime, here's a timeline, courtesy of the BBC, of what's happening in Paris. fs