Rina Cakrani
Nov 9, 2017

The hypocrisy of Western Europeans

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Europeans (especially Western Europeans) want to absolve themselves so bad of racism and discrimination towards immigrants and Black people, in such an hypocritical way , by acting all the time as horrified by what happens in US especially with police brutality. They like to appear as more progressive in terms of racial issues, they like to say 'we are diverse and co-existing' or to compare how 'far better' the racial situation is in their countries, which seems to me so ridiculous. There is an oblivion of the fact that the present system of racism and oppression in US was started by the same British, or Dutch, or French that today act horrified with what happens in US, without considering also the fact that although they are not facing the same issue with police brutality in their own countries, they still have in place a system of oppression towards immigrants or those that simply don't have a white skin. Stop acting as though racism is isolated to America. White people are racists in every country towards and the elitism of white Western Europeans and the imperialist mentality is still very present and causing immense damage.

Valerie Wu
Nov 12, 2017

Thanks for sharing, Rina! There's been a lot of writing about the effects of colonization, and how inherent racism is still very much present. I do think that we have to consider whether or not we're generalizing a group of people, but I agree with you that racism isn't just "American." France has definitely had a long history of anti-blackness and Islamophobia, and the UK has also had race riots against immigrants/South Asian minority groups. What do you think the country's leaders should do to address the issue of racism?

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