By Azouz Begag
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The incantation of well-worn republican myths is to no avail. Every pore in the skin of French universalism is now coming out.
What I mean is that people of color are not the only ones subject to more than their fair share of identity checks. Young people with tattoos or earrings or ﬂuorescent tinted hair can also encounter prejudiced behavior. S. immigration control with visas in your passport in the Arabic language, as I have done on a number of occasions. At the airport in Atlanta, Martin Luther King’s home town, as at jfk in New York, it doesn’t matter how many times I explain that I’m a French writer of Algerian origin, that I’m often invited to talk about my books in Arab countries, hence these visas.
This was a key moment in his life. It gave him time to take a critical look at himself, to understand the realities of his past and present self. He recogfear of the police 17 nized the importance of working hard, began studying, and took a new look at the people around him: “When you have people around you who understand you and who above all are ready to support you, you cast off the images of them you had before. . ”10 In Yazid’s case the people around him were able to help him change his mental representations of others.