French Guiana borders Brazil yet is considered part of France (and therefore the European Union) and elects MPs to the French parliament. According to Wikipedia, its population is about 14% white. But it seems the message that “There’s only one race, the human race” hasn’t yet reached some of its darker-skinned inhabitants.
The message below was found sprayed on a wall.
“Riché, nou pa lé oune député blanc”
Translated from pidgin to French, this is: “Riché, on ne veut pas de député blanc”
Translated from French to English, this is:”Riché, we don’t want a white MP”.
Police are now investigating this “hate crime”.
Riché is David Riché, a candidate in the upcoming elections.
Some soul brothas have stepped up to defend him.
“He was born in Cayenne [capital of French Guiana]. He’s a Guianan in every sense of the term, he’s a child of the country,” according to Roland Léandre, secretary general of the Guianese Socialist Party (PSG) which is supporting the candidacy of David Riché.
In a statement published on 24 February, the PSG “forcefully condemns this type of ignoble behaviour that consists of cataloguing a man, a Guianan, a brother, just because of the colour of his skin…Let us not imitate these followers of a new black Ku Klux Klan,”