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Aha, Lol .
It's prob because what divides people socially in many European countries is the language. And and education. It's considered vulgar to act loud. Or nouveaurich . The "mistake" the Americans often make in Europe as I see it, is to be very loud. Like: " Hiiiiiiiii, honey how aaaaaare you". I'm not saying it's wrong. It's just not suitable. Ppl are simply too polite to mention it and they'll just avoid ppl. Maybe more in the North. Or polite distance. Black Americans often wait a little before they speak. So they are sometimes treated better. I don't know if that's true for France.
I do know that we Black Americans were often treated better than our white compatriots. However, one factor was that one seemed to find a broader range of white Americans in France. Most of the Black Americans I met there were artists, entrepreneurs, students, writers, actors, models, etc. Not many folk from the hood unless they were military.
Whites, who generally had more money, came from every part of white society except perhaps those too poor to travel. This meant that the French got to see more of our obtuse, Sarah Palin mentality white folk.
They didn't get to see--thank heavens!---our Herman Cains. LOL!
The Blacks who they saw (except for military folk) tended to be members of what W.E.B Du Bois once called our Talented Tenth. If a few like Reggie (from DC) came up from the hood, they were quite educated BEFORE they landed in Europe; and many of those I met in France could speak and write French.
Among white Americans, the "cultured" and uncooth were all thrown together. And it didn't help that this was during the time of Pres. Ronald Reagan, that Grand Doufus of the 1980s. LOL!
Some American whites were pretending they were from Canada, so embarrassed were they with the antics of some of their fellow Euro-Americans abroad.
Of course, my situation and that of Reggie might have been different if we were FRANCOPHONE Blacks from Mali or Martinique. Worse still if we'd been North Africans (or mistaken, like Angela Davis, for NOrth Africans).
Yet while fully aware of this, and indignant about French racism to their homegrown people of color, I can't deny enjoying being in a country in which my color didn't count as a deficit, and my AA culture (especially music) commonly counted as a plus. And to be able to take my mind off of RACE for even one or two months! I'm already thinking of getting back to France once I've straightened out some domestic matters at home.