Equality Betrayed: A Portrait Series

On the streets of Paris, a young black man can be six times as likely to be stopped and checked by the police as a young white man. For young males of Arab origin, the figure is even higher: They are at least eight times more likely to be stopped. 

The French call it contrôle au faciès, which can be roughly translated as “being stopped because of the way you look.” It amounts to illegal discrimination.  

But how does it feel? And what are the costs? In a new report, 13 young French people from minority communities talked to us about their experiences, together with two police officers who want things to change. Award-winning documentary photographer Ed Kashi took the pictures.