MAYOR OF PARIS SHUTS DOWN BLACK FEMINIST FESTIVAL
Anne Hidalgo, current Mayor of France’s capital Paris, has been caught in some what of a controversy following her tweet concerning the city’s Black Feminist Festival.
But let’s take it from the top: Socialist Party member Hidalgo, who has been in her position since 2014, has always been outspoken on equality. Whether in terms of LGBTQ-rights, feminism or culture, she has taken a stand for each and every one.
So it comes as no surprise that people around the world were (more than) slightly confused when they read the mayor of Paris’ statement on Twitter regarding the Nyansapo Festival. A festival in celebration of “black feminism, activism […] on a European scale” and is to be feld for the first time at the end of July. 80% of the event’s space will be reserved for black people (of all genders) only, with the rest being open to the public. Nyansapo’s organizers issued a statement saying they had been victims of extreme right propaganda, suggesting racist groups managed to manipulate people into questioning the festival’s intentions and accusing them of “reverse-racist” motives.
While we suspect all of this to be more of a misunderstanding than anything else, Anne Hidalgo tweeted this:
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) 28. Mai 2017
“I strongly condemn the organization in #Paris of this event ‘forbidden to whites’. I am asking for this festival to be banned,” she added, explaining that she reserved the right “to prosecute the organizers for discrimination”.
Hidalgo aslo tweeted that “the festival organized in a public place is open to all.” Nyansapo Festival is still scheduled to take place, however with emphasis on the city’s promotion of diversity. “#Paris is a mixed city and I will continue to ensure that this remains the case in public places.”