French president Emmanuel Macron dared mention a HateStat about high African fertility in passing during a G-20 news conference: …
“The Marshall plan was a reconstruction plan, a material plan in a region that already had its equilibriums, its borders and its stability. The problems Africa face are completely different and are much different and are “civilizational.” … Such a Mashall plan as you desire is also a plan that will be administered by African governments and regional blocs. It’s by a more rigorous governance, a fight against corruption, a fight for good governance, a successful demographic transition when countries today have 7 or 8 children per woman.” …
The Respectables proceeded to freak out on Twitter that Macron knew such a hatefact.
French President Emmanuel Macron is in the middle of a social media firestorm, by Sarah Wildman, on the very PC Vox.
France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, just learned a painful political lesson: In the age of social media, making casual references to the “civilizational” problems of Africa and the demographic challenges of African women having “seven or eight” children is going to blow up in your face. …
Macron’s use of the word “civilizational” probably would have been enough to get him into hot water; it certainly sounds like a casually racist assessment that Europe’s “civilization” is different from, and perhaps better than, Africa’s. …
… the words “a successful demographic transition when countries still have seven to eight children per woman — you can decide to spend billions of euros, you will not stabilize anything.”
What the hell does that mean? Much of the internet has decided it means Macron is blaming almost all African problems on high birthrates, and on women — in other words, that African women are the problem of Africa. That sounds very, very bad.
PC enforcement in action. Reality and truth are irrelevant to these people, which is why they do not belong anywhere near the levers of power of opinion formation.
But in [the full video], he is not quite the racist he is in clip one.
Name calling to suppress those who express opinions that are not PC. They are so into exactly what can be said, and the exact forms of words used:
Again, what does “civilizational” have to do with economic problems? Regardless of his intent, that was clearly a poor word choice, at best, by Macron. At worst it’s a racist one.
Remember the common retort to promoters of communism in the West, “well why don’t you go and live in the Soviet Union if it’s so wonderful”? I suppose the parallel retort to today’s politically correct who insist that Europe’s civilization is no better than Africa’s would be “well why don’t you go live in Africa, if it’s so wonderful?”. Watch what they do, not what they say.
Commenter The Man From J.A.M.E.S.:
If Le Pen had been elected and behaved exactly as Macron has so far there would be calls for invasion.
The “repugnant” quote is the sort of quote that is going to be remembered like the (misattributed?) “640k ought to be enough for anyone”. These people are truly on the wrong side of history.
hat-tip Stephen Neil