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'The beach is a human right': burkinis, black people and the threat of 'other'

Aug 31, 2016 - The Guardian (London)

Five thousand miles from the shores of southern France, a small sign stands on a beach in Mississippi.

The marker is titled "civil rights wade-ins" and gives a mild and bloodless description of violence on the sand. "On April 24, 1960," it reads, "several citizens, both white and black, were injured and arrested including the leader of the wade-ins, Dr Gilbert Mason Sr."

It was the most violent race-related clash in Mississippi's history, a protest to desegregate Biloxi's beaches. ...