Yesterday was the first time that I heard race or immigrant status mentioned on broadcast television with respect to the recent uprisings and protests ocurring in poor and working class suburbs across France. Finally! I thought to myself, and then wondered why it took almost two weeks for the elephant in the room to be mentioned, at least on U.S. television. (And even that was CNN international.)

There is something terribly wrong with the notion that it is impolite to reference race, an idea that seems to have a great deal of currency in the United States.

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