Michael Zeleny (larvatus) wrote,
Michael Zeleny

toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite

Front cover of Paris Match 25 June - 2 July 1955
Et voici maintenant un autre exemple : je suis chez le coiffeur, on me tend un numéro de Paris-Match. Sur la couverture, un jeune nègre vêtu d’un uniforme français fait le salut militaire, les yeux levés, fixés sans doute sur un pli du drapeau tricolore. Cela, c’est le sens de l’image. Mais naïfs ou pas, je vois bien ce qu’elle me signifie : que la France est un grand Empire, que tous ses fils, sans distinction de couleur, servent fidèlement sous son drapeau, et qu’il n’est de meilleure réponse aux détracteurs d’un colonialisme prétendu, que le zèle de ce noir à servir ses prétendus oppresseurs.
—Roland Barthes, « Le Mythe aujourd’hui », Mythologies, Paris: Seuil, 1970, p. 201
And here is now another example: I am at the hairdresser, someone hands me an issue of Paris-Match. On the cover, a young Negro in a French army uniform is saluting, his eyes uplifted, doubtless fixed on a fold of the Tricolor. That is the meaning of the image. But naively or not, I clearly understand what it signifies to me: that France is a great Empire, that all her sons, regardless of color, faithfully serve under her flag, and that there is no better answer to the detractors of an alleged colonialism, than the zeal of this black man to serve his alleged oppressors.
― translated by MZ

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