Invited to Sciences Po Paris, a researcher accused French cuisine of reinforcing “whiteness as a dominant racial identity”. Faced with the outcry, the rue Saint-Guillaume school felt that it was simply a question of contributing to the debate.
Since June 22, a video stamped Sciences Po of a CNRS researcher professor at the University of Connecticut, Mathilde Cohen, has been circulating on social networks. This denounces “food whiteness” in French culture and considers in particular that French cuisine “reinforces whiteness as a dominant racial identity”.
At Sciences Po you are now taught in a very serious way that French cuisine is an instrument aimed “at reinforcing whiteness as a dominant racial identity”
There is no more to discuss.
You just have to send all these people to the nearest asylum. pic.twitter.com/XAv8GhkY9m
– Pierre Gentillet (@Pierre_GTIL) June 26, 2021
The right-wing student union Uni, Sciences Po section, immediately deplored the promotion of this speech by the prestigious school, believing that “the racialists of Sciences Po continue their horrors and invent” food whitening “”. “French cuisine would be racist and would contribute to white supremacy … But what are we waiting for to enforce our traditions and cut all subsidies to these” researchers “?” Adds the Uni on Twitter.
The racialists of #political science continue their horrors and invent “food whitening”
French cuisine is said to be racist and contributes to white supremacy …
But what are we waiting for to ensure that our traditions are respected and to cut all subsidies to these “researchers”? pic.twitter.com/PW7KokXWXg
– UNI (@droiteuniv) June 22, 2021
Several personalities also said they were shocked at the speech of the researcher, like the honorary member of the National Assembly Paul Giacobbi, who deplores “so much nonsense in so few words, a usurpation posing as” Political science””. “It remains to concoct a speech on the” whiteness “of boeuf bourguignon … not obvious,” quips the former member of the Left Radical Party.
So much nonsense in such a few words, a usurpation posing as “Sciences-Po”… It remains to concoct a speech on the “whiteness” of boeuf bourguignon… not easy! https://t.co/yXCyG1efJR
– Paul Giacobbi (@pgiacobbi) June 26, 2021
The Parisian school tried on June 25 to extinguish the controversy on Twitter, believing that it was neither a “course, nor [d’]a speech, nor [d’]an official position of Sciences Po ”, adding that Mathilde Cohen’s arguments do not“ engage ”the establishment.
You may have seen a video circulating on social media that talks about “food whitening”. This is not a course, nor a speech, nor an official position of Sciences Po. A little context with this thread ⬇️
– Sciences Po (@sciencespo) June 25, 2021
For the Institut d’études politiques de la rue Saint-Guillaume, the researcher simply presented her work “during a research seminar entitled” The intensive doctoral week “. And to justify himself: “Sciences Po does not promote any particular theory or school of thought. Our university welcomes, within the framework of the scientific debate, the plurality of contemporary approaches of the human and social sciences, while respecting the ethical framework of research. ” This doctoral week took place between June 14 and 18, in partnership with the Doctoral School of Law and Political Science of the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense.
Some dispute the scientific approach of such a video. The editorialist Joseph Macé-Scaron reacted with skepticism to the answers provided by Sciences Po: “Are you serious? The video in question bears the “Sciences Po” logo and how does it feed the “scientific debate” that you talk about in your thread [fil Twitter] ? “
Sciences Po Paris is not at its first controversy. Recently, The student Figaro revealed that his students had been encouraged to use inclusive writing in their exam papers in order to collect bonus points.