French Muslim Riots Essay

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Are these riots good for France? As it has always in the past, A country'ssociety that unfairly treats a certain culture, race, or religion will be met withviolence and will have to either adapt (American Revolution, American Civil War)or be killed (World War 2 Nazis, French Revolution). Although the French-Muslim riots are currently problematic with the mass destruction of property(mostly burning hundreds of cars), it will end up being beneficial for Muslims inFrance and Frances societal progression for everyone to be treated equally. Therioting started Oct. 27, after youths were angered over the deaths of twoteenagers -- Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17. They were electrocuted ina power substation where they hid, thinking police were chasing them.Authorities have denied the police were pursuing the teens.Car torching are a daily fact of life in France's tough suburbs, withthousands burned each month, police say. Police intelligence has recordednearly 70,000 incidents of urban violence this year, including attacks on policeand rescue services, arson, throwing projectiles, clashes between gangs, joy-riding and property destruction. Many of the riotous youths are the French-bornchildren of Muslim immigrant parents. The unrest has laid bare discontentsimmering in suburbs and among Muslim immigrant families who feel trapped bypoverty, unemployment, and poor education. France's Muslim population, estimated at 5million, is Western Europe's largest. Immigrants and their childrenoften complain of police harassment and job discrimination. Events like thishave happened over and over again in the past and will continue to happen.There are numerous events like this and a few of the millions of articles writtenon these type of events are "The Return of the Melting Pot" by Alan Wolfe,"Minority, Racial, and Ethnic Groups" by Richard T. Schaefer, "Across ThirdAvenue: Freedom" by Humberto Cintron , and "Zoot Suit Riots" by AlbertoCamarillo.One of the many problems that cause these riots in society is society'sunwillingness to accept new people into their society, pointed out well in "TheReturn of the Melting Pot" by Alan Wolfe. "When immigrants began to arrive frompoorer countries of Europe, nativist sentiment and racial prejudice kept them insecond class jobs and ethnic ghetto's" (Wolfe, 427). What is happening inFrance is basically what has been happening in the United States since it wasformed. Sure it has gotten better for immigrants here in the United States, butoppression is still here and it will still be in France even after they resolve this.Things change through action and this action taken by the French-Muslims maybe extreme, but it is what they need to do so things will change for the better."For the new immigrants, too, are determined for their children to succeed"(Wolfe, 428). As any parent should, these are the parents of tomorrow, if theydon't already have a little baby at home, who are fighting for equal rights andtreatment not only for...

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