4-1. Recently, the movie The Class was shown at the New York Film Festival, to the displeasure of many French. The actors were young Parisians. According to one movie critic:
With their cell phones and pouts, these bored, restless junior high school students look pretty much the fidgety progeny of Anytown, U.S.A. One difference being that these African, Arab, and Asian Parisians live in a country that insists its citizens have only one cultural identity, even if its identity—as France’s smoldering suburbs vividly suggest—many of these same young people don’t feel welcome to share.162
Many French believe that Americans are obsessed with issues of race and ethnicity, particularly with tracking statistics where people are ...