Non-white residents of St Martin claim Irma evacuations show racial discrimination

INDEPENDENT U.K. THOMAS ADAMSON

Some black and mixed-race residents of the hurricane-devastated French territory on the island of St Martin are expressing anger at a perception that white tourists have been given priority during evacuations.

The anger over perceived discrimination exposes underlying racial tensions that have long plagued France’s far-flung former colonies — especially its Caribbean territories, where most of the population identifies as black, and is poorer than the white minority.

St Martin resident Johana Soudiagom was disturbed to find herself among a tiny handful of non-whites evacuated on a boat to nearby Guadeloupe after Hurricane Irma ravaged her island.

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4 thoughts on “Non-white residents of St Martin claim Irma evacuations show racial discrimination

  1. The tourists/visitors ought to be first in line to exit simply because its not their home. I don’t understand, should a native born person take the place of a tourist person in an evacuation scenario? No, its unethical.

  2. Send Slimeball Sharpton over there. Maybe he will steal enough money from the French to pay his taxes. I’m sure if we send some of the scum from here they can drum up trouble.

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