Race is not as important as sex, French MPs amend constitution

France race and sex

The French think that race is a made-up social construct and therefore should not be part of the constitution

The Hush Post: Race is not as important as sex. The French MPs on Wednesday voted to replace the word “race” with “sex” in their constitution.

As per this amendment the citizens are equal before the law “regardless of sex, origin or religion,” as per the reports.

The French think that race is a made-up social construct and therefore should not be part of the constitution.

The word “race” was first introduced to France’s post-war constitution in 1946 to disapprove the racist ideology propagated by by the Nazis and the French. It was kept in 1958 update of the Constitution but in recent years politicians have been campaigning to scrap it. Former French President Francois Hollande in his election campaign said, “there are no different races,” and the word should be eliminated.

Racial categories such as white, black and Asian which are commonly used in the US and UK does not officially exist in France. Not only this, these categories do not have a place in most European countries. It may also mean that the French government doesn’t keep a track of the racial mix of schools, universities and workplaces and everyone will be treated equally.

In 2007, many academics from France signed a letter of protest which said: Ethnic statistics would have the effect of bringing in the notion of ‘race’—whose non-scientific character and danger are well-known by all—and to bring about inter-community conflicts.

The critics, however, say that it does not help in ascertaining the racial discrimination in France, which still exists.

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