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French School Identifies Non-pork Eaters With Yellow Tags


An elementary school in France thought color-coded tags to be worn by students who don’t eat pork and meat was a good idea, until parents complained. This is occurring in the backdrop of rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

JTA Sep 29, 2015 2:36 PM, via. Haaretz

Elementary school in small French city swiftly withdraws initiative that used colored tags to identity students who do not eat pork and meat.

A French municipality launched a probe into an elementary school’s use of red and yellow tags to identify pupils who do not eat pork and meat, respectively.

The city of Auxerre, located 105 miles southeast of Paris, opened the investigation on Friday after parents complained to local media about the school’s initiative, in which neck strings bearing red and yellow plastic discs were placed on pupils ahead of lunchtime at the school cafeteria.

The pupils wore the tags for one day before the faculty was instructed to stop using them. The debate on the availability in public schools of pork-free dishes is a divisive issue in France, where rightist parties and other politicians advocating strict separation between religion and state see it as proof of a creeping influence on the public sphere, mostly by Muslims immigrants.

Malika Ounes, a conservative member of the Auxerre city council, told the news website “It’s revolting. It brings back memories of dark times,” in reference to the requirement in Nazi-occupied France that Jews wear yellow stars on their clothes.

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    • Just Saying

      ok. I agree totally.

    • ShunTheRightWhale

      I grew up with a somewhat functioning food allocation system without any visible differentiation in a kindertagesstaette (communal daycare facility for children up to 12 years), just one time I knew of an error, sausages with a mixture of beef/pork were eaten by Muslim fellows…

      Somehow food was never a big issue at that age, but later on my brother suffered bullying because of his allergy (which could lead to suffocation if the allergen was swallowed). Even without a special marking, diet alone can lead to discrimination. Being gay or outspoken even raise stronger moral and political sentiments caused by anything not conforming to a sexual norm or an official opinion.

    • Ravage Chaos

      I agree

    • Just Saying

      tru dat. could be worse though. he could have been gay and in an Islamic nation. or a mouthy blogger.

    • HSkol

      Straight up bullying. Demeaning another person because of a slight difference between himself and others.

    • ShunTheRightWhale

      The choice of food is of immense cultural importance, it defines peculiarities and differences. Guess how his classmates reacted when they discovered my brother’s (a rather shy, defenseless guy) allergy against milk and eggs?

      They threw it at him.

  • The greenmantle

    on the subject of food and muslims

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