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#165: Americans In Paris

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?

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Joseph

The whole claim of racism being more intense and different in Paris as opposed to the United States was frustrating for me coming from the source it did (although I'm sure there are significant differences). The woman began her story with how she would behave rudely by cutting to the front of lines because she's black and what are they gonna do about it. The French didn't put up with her BS attitude and she reformed as a result. Of course she experiences tension (some real racism and some because she's inconsiderate) in the United States because she is an abrasive human being and justifies it through her perceived thoughts about race. I would give her the cold shoulder too, but only because she's an asshole.

May. 20 2014 12:32 PM
carolita from nyc

And yes, definitely played up my American accent. Otherwise I got treated like an unwelcome minority. (Because I look kind of ethnic). But I don't think that makes France any more racist than any other country. I've had midwestern American folks rudely ask me where stuff is in a bodega because they assumed I worked there.

May. 18 2014 11:28 PM
carolita from nyc

I lived in Paris for 12 years. I got a free education by claiming I was a Frenchman's "concubine." (I guess someone was too lazy to check up on the veracity of my outrageous claim.) I went for some illegal work as an "ugly model" (no joke!) in the late 80s, stayed for the education, came back two years later for the 5 weeks vacation. And now I'm back! What was it like? Well, I'm no romantic, it was... interesting.

May. 18 2014 10:36 PM

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