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“Why do black people scream during regular conversation?” (Opinion of a French woman who cannot handle cultural differences)

20 October 2021, Epicée
“Why do black people scream during regular conversation?” (Opinion of a French woman who cannot handle cultural differences)

“Cars run on fuel, planes run on kerosene, mills run on water, and black people... on noise!”

“Oh yes! Black people in general makes too much noise, so much noise that they don't care about the consequences it has around them. Even when it's a simple chat with friends, you'll feel like it's an argument, they are screaming so much! Everything happens as if Black people could only exist in the hubbub. They find it normal to booze in transport, yell when they call, and turn on the music in their apartment to make noise at night, etc. The other's peace of mind is their last concern. On the contrary, the one who calls for silence is perceived as disturbing, the desire for calm being seen as a “white man's business.”

In France, however, there are noise regulations to prevent neighborhood disturbances. But many Blacks and Arabs do not respect the regulations. They behave as if they were in the village, ignoring the codes of conduct of the country in which they live. This is how, reluctantly, the disturbed neighbor (often the poor little old man on the ground floor) is sometimes forced to request the intervention of the police to put an end to this attack on public peace.

To understand the ins and outs of this noise nuisance of which some immigrants living in France are guilty, we must go back to what is happening in their country of origin. The explanation is none other than socio-cultural.

Exhaust-less vehicles rushing through town, motorcycles or cars honking for nothing, sawmills and mills that run at full speed during nap hours and even into the twilight, advertising cars to advertise at the top of their lungs a football match or the “mega-concert” of the year, discotheques and refreshment stalls which strafe their quarters all day long and even at odd hours, workers who hammer, grind or saw non-stop in workshops set up in the same concessions as homes, sects which all day long beat drums and sing loudly the “blessings of the Lord,” stores which, as the holidays approach, under the pretext of “liquidating” their products, put out their speakers and impose loud “music” on the whole neighborhood – that is the grim reality of most African cities. In such a noisy environment, you somehow have to raise your voice to be heard. The problem is that it quickly becomes a habit.

In addition, African families, reputed to be large, grow up not in apartments like in Europe, but in houses which, as the children grow larger, become a sounding board for laughter, cries, tears, that is to say noise. And the neighborhood accommodates itself without daring to complain.

When in France, civility would like us to warn our neighbors when we are about to organize a festive celebration at home, in Africa such a protocol would be seen as superfluous. It is each one who imposes listening to their musical selection throughout the building, if not in the entire neighborhood.

But who told Blacks that you have to howl like toothless hyenas to be heard on the phone? The worst is when they call someone back home. It is as if, in their heads, it is only by shouting that the person they are calling can hear. This is unfortunately how they will annoy the whole subway train with a telephone conversation that will no longer be confidential, except of course when they express themselves in their gibberish of dialect.

However, too much noise has harmful effects on the organs of hearing. Too much noise, even temporary, can tire the ears and cause hearing loss. Blacks are therefore the first to have an interest in speaking without being noticed, that is to say in a low voice. Stop breaking our ears in transport by blaring like the bus or the metro belonged to you!”
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