Dorchester Students Invited Themselves to the French Consulate for a Protest
They're angry about a French foreign ministry website that warns tourists not to visit Dorchester.
French language students at Dorchester’s Codman Academy took a field trip to the French consulate to do what any real student of French culture ought to: protest.
They’re reacting to theÂ FrenchÂ Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, which advises citizens visiting Boston to avoid walking around inÂ Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury.Â â€śIâ€™ve lived there a long time,â€ť Gzharia Lynch, a senior at Codman Academy, told WBUR.Â â€śAny neighborhood is scary when youâ€™re walking at night. That doesnâ€™t mean you shouldnâ€™t go see whatâ€™s real.â€ť
And so, her classmates, herÂ professeur, and erstwhile mayoral candidate and Dorchester native Bill WalczakÂ turned up unannounced at the FrenchÂ consul general’s office in Boston to read him a letter in French asking his nation to reconsider their advice.
The consul general was apparently out, so they had a tĂŞte-Ă -tĂŞte with his deputy, “Â who looked unnerved” and did not take any questions, the Boston Globe reports. Really, he should have seen this coming. The sameÂ Ministry of Foreign Affairs website that warns people not to go to Dorchester also advises them toÂ refrain from loudly discussing crime rates in America due to “the sensitivity of American public opinion.” Also, he can’t be a stranger to student protests. This is the French we’re talking about here. If there’s one tired joke we love to make about the French, it’s that they have a terrible military history. But if there’sÂ anotherÂ tired joke to be made, its that they love a good protest. So just surrender, already, guys and change your website.
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