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The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu: Is Europe as racist as America? | | Racism

On July 29, a white Italian man beat and killed a disabled Nigerian street vendor Arika Ogorchukwu in Civitanova Marche, Nigeria. Italya bystander saw the murder and simply recorded it.

When I learned of Ogorchuk’s death, I watched footage of the murder and inevitably wondered if I would risk suffering the torment that George Floyd’s equally traumatic death in May had inflicted on my soul. rice field. 2020.

Finally, I watched it to truly witness the immeasurable suffering he endured in his final moments and to experience the slight pain he felt. I felt sick and trembled with fear. After all, Ogorchukwu was just like me. He was a middle-aged African immigrant trying to build a better future for himself and his family.

According to Italian police, the frenzied attack occurred after Ogorchukwu tried to continue selling goods to Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferrazzo and his girlfriend.

However, the Association Center Service for Migrants in Marche said that not because Ogorchukwu assumed a heavy-handed sales approach, but because he called Ferlatzo’s girlfriend “beautiful” (and touched her arm). said to have been attacked by

After hearing the discussion of the alleged motives behind the senseless and racist murders, I thought,unsolvedIn 1955, Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi, USA.

Till, 14, was kidnapped, beaten, shot in the head, tied to a giant metal fan, and thrown into the Tallahatchie River for the alleged “crime” of whistling to a 21-year-old white woman. rice field. He was said to be “flirting” with her, which sealed his shocking fate. carolyn bryant donhamthe white woman at the center of the allegations against Till revealed that she actually lied about everything.

The crude and degrading caricature of the “black beast”, a violent beast “mad with lust” for white women, was important to 19th- and 20th-century American “negrophobia.” discourse A white supremacist ideology used to justify racism and the lynching of black men. White supremacists have long used hoaxed “attacks” on the dignity of white women to commit violence against black men and carry out white terrorism.

Ogorchuk’s recent murder is a very public, highly public, murder that led to the gruesome murder of Emmett Till in America more than half a century ago, and the murder of countless other African Americans in modern America. It shows the constant and systematically imposed dehumanization and criminalization of black people. It’s also claimed lives in Italy, miles away.

Indeed, unfortunately, among countless Africans, Ogorchukwu is not the first, and sadly, probably not the last. male When Woman Shot, wounded, killed in racist attack in Italy.

For example, in 1979 an unidentified assailant death Somali refugee Ahmed Ali Jama. Giacomo Valento, his 16-year-old student of Italian and Somali descent, was beaten and stabbed to death in 1985 by two white men for being a “dirty bastard.” classmateAlso in 2018, Senegalese immigrant Asane Diallo was shot ten times in Milan after asking a stranger for five euros.

But violence is not just physical. Much of it is verbal, and is cleverly embedded in nationalist philosophies and anti-immigrant policies.

Italy’s first black minister Cecil Kenge For example, right-wing senators have likened orangutans, and professional soccer player Mario Balotelli has repeatedly Become monkey chant target in football stadium.

Meanwhile, right-wing parties such as the Ligue, led by former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, have deliberately stirred up anti-immigrant sentiment to win votes. “We need a massive cleanup street by street, square by square, neighborhood by neighborhood,” Salvini said before parliamentary elections. 2018And he unabashedly argues that people like Kenge and Balotelli are just “pawns” in a mysterious grand plan to erase America’s “identity, diversity and history.” did. Italy.

Like so many “America First” nationalists in the United States, Salvini appears to be racist.”white replacement theoryAnd this explains his astonishing animosity towards immigrants. At the time, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo wrote that “Europe has experienced such alarming levels of racial racism since the consolidation of the fascist movement in the years leading up to World War II.” “We have never experienced intolerance,” he added. rice field.

Italy is now gearing up for general elections on September 25, with Salvini once Also succeeded in making immigration a decisive electoral issue. Despite El Mundo’s admirable observations and protests, I don’t think his Salvini is anything out of the ordinary in Europe or the “European Project”. His endlessly jarring remarks on racial diversity, for example, echo Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s recent racist claims that he doesn’t want to be Hungarian. “Mixed race people”Salvini’s election promise to handle refugees in North Africa sounds eerily comparable to racist Rwanda and British asylum. handle Signed in June.Moreover, it is somewhat similar to the anti-immigration pact concluded by the European Union turkey, Libya Niger to reduce immigration from North Africa and the Middle East. And the decision to ban Salvini’s migrant rescue ships from docking in Italy has led to Polish security forces systematically forcing asylum seekers to return to Belarus and Greek authorities boarding asylum seekers from Greece. It’s no different than “pushing back” a ship. body of waterwhich is backed by a conspiracy of Frontex, the EU border security agency.

So the difference between Salvini’s Italy and the supposedly “progressive” European countries is simply a matter of style, not substance. Spain’s problematic policies and actions, for example, undermine his EU’s supposed commitment to racial diversity. On June 24, at least 23 African men died on the border of Melilla and Morocco while trying to cross the border. SpainHuman rights groups rightfully characterized the death as a tragedy and called for a thorough and independent investigation into the suspicious behavior of Moroccan and Spanish border guards. attack on the territory,” he said. majestyand framed irregular migration as a security threat.

It is hardly surprising that Sanchez claimed that Spain was under attack from Africans. The European Right and Conservatives, like the American Right, are preoccupied with elaborate and highly implausible immigration “invasion” conspiracy theories.

The EU maintains that all forms of hatred and intolerance are incompatible with European values. Furthermore, hate crimes and speech are illegal under EU law. But across Europe, politicians openly use inflammatory rhetoric to target religious and racial minorities and criminalize immigration. Indeed, a reckless tale of ethnic homogeneity and immigration.”floodEurope is rampant with xenophobia, making people like Ogorchukwu, soccer player Adama Traoré, people like me “legitimate” targets for police brutality and racist violence. creating a situation. How many more immigrants like Ogorchukwu have to die at the hands of seemingly indoctrinated protagonists before Europe realizes racism is a continental crisis?

The EU must do more than declare its enduring commitment to establish a ‘vibrating democracy’ and ‘pluralism’. society”. We need to ensure that racial and religious minorities are not subjected to the constant Nazi-like hate speech and racism prevalent in Europe. As Europe becomes an increasingly hostile place for blacks, people of color and immigrants, the EU needs to seriously consider implementing so-called Article 7 procedures against delinquent countries that threaten the core of the EU. value.

Europe easily criticizes and condemns American racism. But when it comes to fighting white supremacist ideologies, attitudes, and intrigues, it’s hard to say that he’s fared much better than his younger trans-Atlantic brothers.

Ogorchukwu and countless refugees did not have to die a violent death in Italy. Everyone black, white, and brown must do so. But until Europe recognizes the racism crisis and takes serious action to address it, the bodies of blacks, browns, and immigrants will be just as endangered as in America.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial attitude of Al Jazeera.

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