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· June, 2020

Stories about Ethnicity & Race from June, 2020

Police killings spark protests in Trinidad's capital

Following the killing of three men by police on June 27, residents of communities in Trinidad on blocked roads, burned debris and processed through the streets chanting "Don't shoot!"

In Brazil, COVID-19 death rate for black community is higher than for other populations

A study by Agência Pública shows that deaths and hospitalizations among black people with COVID-19 rose at a faster rate than among white people in Brazil.

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part II)

"For Czech society, accepting that a non-white person can be Czech is too unusual and often not digestible."

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part I)

The Czech society started discussing ethnic discrimination and diversity after the fall of Communism, which had erroneously claimed to have eradicated racism.

Old statues, new maps

"It's not an action that Columbus' local devotees ever imagined enacting: for them, the old map not only rules, but should always rule, no matter how much blood drenches it."

In the wake of Black Lives Matter's protests, death of black 5-year-old becomes symbol of Brazil's racism and inequality

Miguel plunged from the ninth floor of a building while under the care of his mother’s white employer

Remembering Amadou Diallo, a Guinean victim of police brutality in the USA

Amadou Diallo, a Guinean in the USA, was shot 41 times by NYC police. His family sued the city and settled for $3 million and created the Amadou Diallo Foundation in...

Americans, your fantasies about Canada enable Canadians’ complacent sense of white superiority

When it comes to racism, the United States is far more advanced than Canada. At least Americans can talk about race. Canadians can't.

‘Where is the center of the story?': Revisiting the traditional view of Russia's Muslim communities

Global Voices spoke to academic Danielle Ross about her challenging view of the history of Islam and Islamic reform in Russia.

French police arrest Félicien Kabuga, alleged financier of genocide in Rwanda

After 26 years on the run, Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga was arrested in a Parisian suburb on May 16 and transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on...

Between Kolkata, Saint-Petersburg and Paris: An interview with novelist Shumona Sinha

"Literature does not pretend it can change the world, but it can unveil the human condition, plant seeds of hope, of dreams of a better world...."

War in Darfur: Wanted by the ICC, militia leader Ali Kushayb surrenders

Ali Kushayb, a renowned war criminal wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity in Darfur, Sudan, finally surrendered himself after years in hiding to the courts on June 9,...

Amid Black Lives Matter protests, fresh calls to remove statuary that hijacks the Caribbean's historical narrative

BLM protests have inspired the denigration and defacement of symbols of black oppression. The Caribbean, with its long history of occupation, has its own symbols of oppression to reconsider.

How Kazakhstan's youth are forging their own national identity

A feud between a lesbian activist and a boxer has galvanised a new generation's interest in pushing at the boundaries of Kazakh national identity

Black Lives Matter protests in Trinidad & Tobago spark discussions about race

The Black Lives Matter movement brings racism into sharp relief in the twin-island Caribbean nation.

Actually, anti-Blackness has everything to do with Sri Lanka

"As long as colonial legacies continue to govern our sense of identity, politics, and society. . . we will continue to be complicit in anti-Blackness."

Black Lives Matter in Jamaica, too

"Some of you outraged at the people in America demonizing victims of police brutality and don't realise you do the same thing here."

Israel appoints its first Ethiopian-born minister, Pnina Tamano-Shata

Israel has just appointed its first black minister from the Ethiopian Jewish community. Despite this encouraging gesture, the community still faces discrimination and racism in Israel.

‘Sit with that discomfort': Two white Trinidadians go public about racism

"If we cannot talk about the legacies of trauma, plundering, violence, genocide and prejudice that are ever present [...] there will be no equality."

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