Rokhaya Diallo, a strong woman at the FRAC in Orléans.

For his third Feminist night the Regional Fund for Contemporary Art (FRAC) of the Center Val-de-Loire had invited the journalist Rokhaya Diallo on Thursday 5 May 2022 on the theme: “Being black today in France”. A meeting that attracted a large audience.

By Sophie Deschamps

Journalist, author and director Rokhaya Diallo was the guest of FRAC’s third Feminist Nocturne on May 5, 2022. Photo Sophie Deschamps

There were over 150 people in the lobby turbulence of the FRAC of Orléans to come and listen to the journalist, author, director but also anti-racist activist and feminist Rokhaya Diallo as part of the national day of 10 May to commemorate the memories of the slave trade, slavery and their abolition.

A meeting moderated by the journalist Mourad Guichard who dealt very quickly with the news after the magazine Greetings he would see her as Minister of Justice in a Mélenchon government. A proposal that makes her smile: ” It would be an honor but I refuse, having no political aspirations ... “

Because the audience has met a strong woman. A woman confident in her beliefs and her decisions. Like taking part in Cyril Hanouna’s shows Don’t touch my TV ! then Leave your post!. Talk show in which he often finds himself confronted with people who disagree with his ideas: ” I really have a taste for debate, but my goal is not to consume myself in these spaces of discussion. I’m not trying to get people around the table. I express myself for the people who look at me, and if I can persuade even one of them, that’s okay with me. “

Strong because as a feminist and anti-racist activist, Rokhaya Diallo claims her right to “express in opinions posts with a presumed point of view but always informed and documented “Likewise on the theme of the evening To be black today in France, she specifies: Jhave an experience of France that is linked both to my social origins (grew up in the 19th arrondissement of Paris then in La Courneuve, Ed.) and what people project onto me. Because even though I see myself as a complex individual with many characteristics, there is one that seems to be salient in people’s eyes, which is the color of my skin and my alleged racial background and therefore all of this creates interference. And that’s what led me to the left. My journalist’s gaze is tinged with all this and I want my work to allow me to give space to people who are not listened to.

Feminisms and not just one

Strong enough to carry the values ​​of an intersectional feminism to combat both sexism and racism: ” I have issues that are specific to me as a woman of color and that aren’t necessarily included in general feminism. Because you can be discriminated against for several reasons: being a woman and being black. Also, today we use intersectionality to talk about many things: a black woman, Asian, but also disabled, lesbian, Jewish, Muslim. For me it is the most universalist tool there is since it is the most inclusive since it takes everyone into account. “

Today in France there is state racism

Strong enough also to say that there is state racism in France today even in the absence of discriminatory laws. In support of his thesis, Rokhaya Diallo gives the example of police violence. Because despite the numerous convictions of the French state theft ” there are no consequences ” she thinks : ” What happens behind it? Nothing Rokhaya Diallo denounces which concludes: ” This is state racism and at least the racism of inaction.

At the end of the meeting, Abdelkader Damani, director of the venue expressed “ his joy at having managed to make FRAC a place for debate where everything can be said, except racism and anti-Semitism “.

Finally, he made an appointment to the public on 13, 14 and 15 May 2022 on site for the first edition of the Printemps de la Romancière.

Read also: Orléans: feminist night at FRAC, moment of sharing

Rokhaya Diallo in front of Sammy Engramer’s opera “Fuck Patriarchy” on May 5, 2022 at the FRAC in Orléans. Photo Sophie Deschamps

Bio-Express

1978: birth in Paris of a Senegalese mother and a Gambian father.

2000: Master’s Degree in International and European Law.

2001: to finance his studies at the Novancia business school, he works in the youth service of La Courneuve where he deals with the professional integration of disadvantaged young people. You are also an activist in associations attack And Mix-city.

2003: Master in Marketing at the Institut Panthéon-Sorbonne

2006: establishment of the association The Indivisibles with reference to the first article of the French constitution: ” France is an indivisible, secular, democratic and social republic “. His goal is” to put an end to a division of French nationality on the basis of physical appearance. “Rewards his first There are good rewards which reward personalities who have made racist statements.

2013: According to the magazine SlateRokhaya Diallo is ranked 36And among the 100 most influential French women.

6 December 2014 to 31 May 2015 animation on Mediaparty of six programs in a series entitled Alter-equaldedicated “to the themes of inequality and equality, race and racism, discrimination and affirmation”.

2016-2017: columnist by Cyril Hanouna a Don’t Touch My TV!

2019: release of the book Do you like France or do you close it? (Textuel editions) in which he speaks in particular of state racism and then Don’t stay in your place (Marabout editions) with this beautiful quote from René Char: ” Impose your luck, squeeze your happiness and take your risk. Looking at you, they will get used to it.

2020: documentary Where are the blacks?broadcast on the French channel RMC Story.

2022: release of the book Love your race written with Grace Ly (first editions).

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