|Born||10 April 1978|
Rokhaya Diallo (born 10 April 1978), is a French journalist, author, filmmaker, and activist for racial, gender and religious equality. She is a BET-France host and has produced and/or directed documentaries, TV and radio programs. She has published: Racism: a guide, France Belongs to Us, France: One and Multicultural and How to talk to kids about racism, a graphic novel Pari(s) d'Amies, and Afro! featuring Afro-Parisians who choose natural hairstyles.
Rokhaya Diallo was born in 1978, in Paris, from Senegalese and Gambian parents. Her father was a mechanic and her mother a sewing teacher. Her family moved to La Courneuve, a suburb of Paris, in 1989.
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in International and European law, Diallo went on to study business, which led her to work for a short period at IBM, which she left because she felt "like a pawn". So she decided to work toward a marketing and distribution degree at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), which she earned in 2003. She now works in broadcasting production.
In 2001, she participated in the youth outreach program of La Courneuve. She was asked to join in the city's Youth Council and rose to the position of president within two years. As a feminist, she campaigns for the anti-sexist association Mix-Cité. She also campaigns for the organization ATTAC, which fights for sustainable and socially just globalization policies, notably during the Film Festival "Images mouvementées".
In 2006, having heard that "most people consider being black and from a working class background to be a problem", Diallo founded the association, The Indivisibles. "People's looks seemed to associate me with a certain image and uncomfortable stereotypes." "When we were young, my brother and I had never asked ourselves "where do we come from?", until we were asked by others". Diallo was not bothered by attaching the question to one's origin, but she objects to people placing their own yearning for exoticism over her. The Indivisibles campaigns to put a stop to "a partition of French citizenship by physical appearance" or by geographical origin. Originally created in secrecy, to "work with institutions such as the French Education Department", the association burst on to the publishing scene in 2009 with a large media exposure program oriented around their newly created "Y'a bon Awards" recognizing the most outrageous racist statements by French public figures.
Diallo became a radio and television commentator and in 2011 she published Racism: a guide, in the philosopher Vincent Cespedes' collection. "France is my country. I know Paris better than Senegal. But how should she behave in a "structurally racist" environment? Mentalities need to change. Especially in the media, when their coverage of a news story focuses solely on a defendant’s skin color or geographical origin". Exposing Islamophobia holds an increasingly important place in her reasoning: "We only speak of secular education when the subject is Islam (and not in regard to any other religion), a religion we are led to believe is only practiced in France by sexist and violent fundamentalists of North African origin."
Activity since 2004
From 2009 to 2013, she was a commentator for La Matinale on Canal+, and since 2009 on RTL (French radio station). In March 2010, she was chosen to participate in the International Visitor Leadership program and as a guest of the US government. She visited the country to study its diversity.
With four other leading figures - François Durpaire, Marc Cheb Sun, Lilian Thuram and Pascal Blanchard - she appealed and draws up a hundred propositions for "a multicultural and post-racial Republic".
- January 2012 - awarded by the Conseil pour la Justice, l’Egalité et la Paix – COJEP (an international NGO working for democracy, human rights, the fight against racism and discrimination, living together and citizenship, affiliated with the UN and the Council of Europe)
- October 2014 - #LabComWomen prizewinner in the category "Generosity". The prize created by TF1 and LABCOM recognizes women with noteworthy profiles, working and ambassadors in the digital world.
- In March 2015, her documentary Steps to Liberty, which questions France's identity through the prism of young American leaders, won Best Documentary Film at the Regional and International Festival of Guadeloupe (FEMI).
Diallo's action is consistent with the fight for race and ethnic equality, "especially among non-white French citizens, as their French identity is so often denied and depreciated." (presentation of the Indivisibles on their website). She is a member of the advisory board of the Berlin-based NGO Center for Intersectional Justice, which seeks to address intersecting forms of discrimination and inequality.
In June 2013, someone found guilty of using Twitter to call for Diallo's rape was sentenced to pay a fine of 2000 euros, of which 1400 were suspended, and 1000 euros for damages to the plaintiff. The following year, Diallo produced a documentary for French channels LCP/AN and France 3, Networks of Hate, covering hate speech and freedom of speech online.
Campaigning against anti-black racism
- Reporting for TV channel Canal+ and radio station le Mouv', in September 2011, Diallo attended the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus (organization representing the black members of the United States Congress, created at the time of the Civil Rights Movement to unite black members of Congress).
- With Audrey Pulvar, Lilian Thuram, Pascal Blanchard, Diallo appeared on the cover of the October issue of Respect Mag titled "100% French & Black".
- In January 2012, after the publication of an article in Elle magazine considered racist, she co-authored with Sonia Rolland, China Moses, Eric Fassin, Clementine Autain, Audrey Pulvard, and many other figures, an opinion column in Le Monde questioning the magazine's lack of black women on its covers.
- 2013: Steps to liberty, documentary filmed for France Ô
- 2014: Les Réseaux de la haine, documentary filmed for LCP/AN and France 3 – IDF
- 2014-2015: Brothers in arms, television series by Rachid Bouchareb and Pascal Blanchard, presented by Charles N'Tchoéré
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "I Am French, The Daughter Of Immigrants, And I Am Ashamed" The World Post - A Partnership of The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute. September 2015
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "Addressing anti-gypsyish must be a priority on International Roma Day" EurActiv. April 2015
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "In France, who gets to be a feminist?" New Statesmen. March 2015
- Diallo, Rokhaya. Zyed and Bouna: 2 Sacrificed Children of the French Repub lic The World Post - A Partnership of The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute. January 2015
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "Fighting Denial and Suspicion in France" Open Society Foundations. January 2015
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "Through Denial, France Has Created Its Own Monsters" The World Post - A Partnership of The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute. January 2015
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "We Have Fergusons in France - but the French Media Looks Away " The Root. September 2014
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "French descendants of postcolonial immigrants: we refuse to be the adjustment variable in the French presidential election" Le Monde. May 2012
- Racism: a guide, Larousse, coll. "Philosopher", March 2011 (ISBN 2035847907)
- Trussing a Domestic, Syllepse, September 2011
- France belongs to us, Michel Lafont, April 2012
- France: One and Multicultural, Fayard, April 2012
- How to talk to kids about racism, Le Baron Perché, May 2013 (ISBN 2360800752)
- Me, racist? Never! Scenes of ordinary racism, Flammarion, March 2015 (ISBN 2081359243)
- Pari(s) d’amies, Delcourt, April 2015 (ISBN 2756053554)
- Afro!, Les Arenes, November 2015
- "Rokhaya Diallo : « On peut être raciste en ayant de bonnes intentions". http://www.seneweb.com/. External link in
- "Didier Arnaud et Charlotte Rotman, " Humour noir "". www.liberation.fr. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
- "Entretien avec Rokhaya Diallo". www.actuabd.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Rokhaya Diallo : " L'islamophobie est un nouveau racisme "". www.sudouest.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Images Mouvementées". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Les Indivisibles". www.lesindivisibles.fr.
- "Française, sans commentaire !". www.telerama.fr.
- BANGRÉ, HABIBOU. "Les indivisibles face aux préjugés". www.afrik.com.
- "« LUniversité populaire et citoyenne a invité Rokhaya Diallo pour débattre sur le racisme". www.lavoixdunord.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Youpi et la Paille Magique, vidéo parodique d'animé japonais avec Rokhaya Diallo et Davy Mourier". badstrip.net. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Face à face Rokhaya Diallo-Anne Fulda". www.rtl.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "L'avenir de la France passe par la diversité". www.slate.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Cinq personnalités lancent un appel à une "République multiculturelle et post-raciale". www.lemonde.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- Diallo, Rokhaya. "Femmes, prenons la une !". www.politis.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Rokhaya Diallo". www.rfi.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- www.cojep.com http://www.cojep.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016. Missing or empty
- "Rokhaya Diallo, lauréate au #LabcomWomen". www.telesphere.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "LABCOM Conferences". www.conferences-labcom.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "FEMI website".
- "Rokhaya Diallo et ses Marches de la liberté récompensées au FEMI !". www.afriqueconnection.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "LesIndivisibles.fr – Le blog de 3 copains de longues dates". lesindivisibles.fr. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
- "Who we are". www.intersectionaljustice.org. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
- "Le tweet : " Il faut violer cette conne de rokaya, comme ça, fini le racisme… " « Une amende pour avoir appelé au viol de la militante antiraciste Rokhaya Diallo". www.lemonde.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Rokhaya Diallo au black caucus à Washington". www.grioo.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Respect Mag " 100 % Noirs de France "". www.respectmag.com. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Après la polémique sur son article sur la mode "noire", "Elle"apres la polemique sur son article sur la mode noire elle se defend de tout racisme". www.lemonde.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "A quand une femme noire en couverture de "Elle" ?". www.lemonde.fr. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "Rokhaya Diallo sur le mariage pour tous". www.afrik.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "New comic book "Pari(s) d'Amies" - from feminist and anti-racism activist Rokhaya Diallo". www.afropunk.com. Retrieved 17 January 2016.