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Is there anti-white racism in France?

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Last month, an outrageous phrase, "Hang the Whites", was trending on French Twitter. What brought this horrendous exclamation under the national spotlight was a provocative song named PLB (the French acronym for "Hang the Whites") by Nick Conrad, a black rapper that no one had heard of before.

In the equally provocative video clip for the song, posted briefly on Youtube and taken down after widespread outcry, Conrad and an associate abduct, chase, torture and violently kill a white man. The song's shocking lyrics appear to advocate for the "killing of white babies" and "hanging of their parents".

The video clip quickly set the French political landscape on fire.

In response to Conrad's video, Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right Rassemblement National Party (National Rally) criticised what she called "an anti-white racism that no self-proclaimed expert or media person speaks of".

Minister of Interior Gerard Collomb also tweeted that he "condemned without reservation these abject remarks and ignominious attacks".

On September 27, Paris prosecutor's office announced that it launched an investigation to determine whether Conrad's video constitutes an incitement to a crime.

I, too, was shocked when I watched the video clip for the first time, only hours after the start of the controversy. What I saw in those images was nothing more than a disturbing fascination with violence. I could not stand the words that were describing the killing of human beings in gruesome detail.

Nick Conrad gave an interview to RTL on September 26 and explained that his song was not a "call for hate" but a "fictional" re-telling of the horrors experienced by black people in real life, in which the races were reversed for impact.

He said that the scene in the video clip in which he tortures and kills a white man was a re-enactment of a scene from the 1998 Hollywood movie,........

© Al Jazeera