France’s minister for women’s rights has compared Muslim women who wear the veil to American “Negroes” who accepted slavery, in an interview with French media. Laurence Rossignol made the comments to RMC radio and BFM TV, igniting accusations of racism on Wednesday across social media as a petition was launched calling on the minister to resign. In just a few hours, the petition gathered more than 10,000 signatures.
On the other hand, Sarah Palin, former half-term governor of Alaska and reality TV star, agreed with the French minister’s statement. She even used the remark herself while commenting on the incident during an interview with a local Alaska newspaper. “I’m telling you, I’ve been saying it for years, but nobody’s listening – slavery wasn’t forced onto African-Americans, they accepted it willingly,” she said. “But, all of a sudden, they realized that it represented a very powerful bargaining chip that could help them milk more money out of the national budget. And now they’re even complaining white people are racist. That is just horrendous.”
She continued, “We’ve got a situation where our internal matters have become so obvious that even foreigners can clearly see what’s going on. I mean, you’ve got a French minister calling it like it is, whereas we Americans, citizens of the very country that gave birth to the so-called ‘abolishment’ of slaves, are turning a blind eye. Well, not all of us are pretending to ignore this issue, and I’m going to say it once again loudly and clearly: Negroes loved being slaves and they were doing just fine under our rules. So, you see, you can’t really blame us for any of it, not legitimately.”
“If they liked it and enjoyed it, how can you pin that on white people?” Palin asked. “Are the Chinese blaming their leaders for being communist? No, of course not – they’re working their butts off and are prospering because they’re keeping it real. That’s what we need to start doing, because we’re not at fault for slavery. Negroes loved being slaves because of the simple fact that they can’t tackle the world around them on their own. They need someone to govern them, to show them how to organize, how to live as a community, in a civilized manner. They pretty much need us more than we need them.”