Расовый вопрос и республиканизм

Национальная и расовая принадлежность всегда является провокационным вопросом, когда научные и статистические потребности пересекаются с политикой. Сегодня ситуация в очередной раз накаляется во Франции, где запланированное введение «этнической статистики» вызвало яростные дебаты, затрагивающие самую суть французского республиканизма.

Согласно закону, восходящему ко времени Французской революции и подтвержденному в 1978 году, правительственным чиновникам во Франции запрещено собирать информацию об этническом и расовом происхождении граждан, реальном или предполагаемом, во время проведения переписи населения и других попыток собрать статистическую информацию о населении.

На это существуют две основные причины. Первая - это республиканский принцип, закрепленный в Конституции, который признает только граждан и не признает никаких национальных, расовых или религиозных различий между ними. Вторая причина – историческая: мучительные и все еще яркие воспоминания о режиме Виши во время Второй Мировой Войны, когда «расовая» и религиозная принадлежность граждан была указана в удостоверениях личности и использовалась как главное средство идентификации французских евреев для отправки в лагеря смерти.

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