European Race Dilemma

PARIS — The Europeans are having trouble integrating their minority immigrant population.

It varies from country to country, but they don't seem to do nearly as well as the U.S., and their explanation is that, of course, we are a country of immigrants. However, the issue is more complex than that — for example, the French phrase for “affirmative action” is “positive discrimination.” This description provides an illustration of their attitude toward their minority population.

Ironically, the European elite would like nothing more than the defeat of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in November. The reason being, no black politician could ever be so fortunate in any European country. An Obama victory would seriously force these hypocrites to re-examine their immigrant policies and give rise to stronger minority demands and movements throughout Europe.

These Europeans are quick to point out the American problem with race, without any recognition or acknowledgement of their own. Sen. Obama's successful candidacy in the U.S. to date has forced these citizens and their leaders to do some serious soul-searching.

The ordinary everyday European is overwhelmingly in favor of Sen. Obama winning the White House and sees this as incredible future progress for himself and his countrymen. Aside from electoral politics, there are no Deval Patricks, Condoleezza Rices, Clarence Thomases and Colin Powells that exist anywhere in European political hierarchy.

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