Europe is watching the turmoil in the US with anger and horror. George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody after Officer Derek Chauvin restrained him by pressing his knee against the handcuffed man’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd’s death was just the latest in a long line of police killings of black men in America, but in this case the frustrations boiled over into protests.

The demonstrations have been mostly peaceful across the US, but there have been scenes of violence and even looting. The response from US President Donald Trump has been to “inspect” the White House bunker, threaten to deploy the military against US citizens, and tweet out statements so divisive and incendiary they earned a rare public rebuke from Twitter for “glorifying violence”.

However, Europe should not imagine racism is a uniquely American problem. If Europeans want to do something to affect positive change, they should turn to the situation in their own countries. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reports that racism in the EU is “widespread and entrenched”. Research by Harvard University into implicit racial bias among over 288,000 white Europeans shows they were “slower to associate Blackness with positive words such as ‘Good’ or ‘Nice’ and faster to associate Blackness with negative concepts such as ‘Bad’ or ‘Evil””.

Is the problem of racism in Europe getting worse? And, if so, are racist politicians to blame for ‘normalising’ hate speech? In Italy, polling has found that racism became more acceptable during far-right politician Matteo Salvini’s time in government; for the first time in a decade, a majority of Italians did not condemn racism totally, and 45% felt racism was justified. There has been academic research suggesting our norms against racist speech have been eroding as it becomes more common.

Has racism become socially acceptable again? If so, who is responsible for this shift in language? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar
    Kai

    The racial problems are serious in the US because of a lot of movies, songs are educating Americans to hate each other.
    EU, on the contrary, has less influence because people don’t understand each others’ languages….

  2. avatar
    Svetoslav

    If you are not okay with people looting and destroying public and private property, then you are racist.

  3. avatar
    Rutger

    Yes, Italians are racist as fuck.

  4. avatar
    Franck

    everyday when people say you’re responsible for colonisation or black people oppression centuries ago, just because you are born white and European centuries after…

  5. avatar
    Isabelle

    People who makes poll opinion should ask this question to the Muslims living in Europe at first. In France, every years, there are 2000 racist assaults from Muslims and only 100 from the rest of the population.

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      Debating Europe

      Could you please share your data with us? We have never seen a statistic backing up the numbers you quote.

  6. avatar
    Michael

    In Yugoslavia, Tito used the threat of force to keep racism under control for decades, and it worked – until he died. Then the whole place went to hell. Northern Europe essentially tries to ban racism and pretend it doesn’t exist, and one gets the impression that this is not so much because of how they feel about racism, but because of how they want to be perceived. The reality belies the pretence.
    Pushing back against racism and racist agendas is messy and difficult. There are no shortcuts or quick, easy solutions, there is no avoiding awkward, uncomfortable discussions, and there is no evangelical truth about what is or isn’t racism – people disagree on it.
    Everybody has problems with racism, but I worry more about Northern Europe. In Southern Europe racism is out in the open. In Northern Europe people hide it and suppress it for appearance’s sake. Thus, when things go wrong, people have no outlet to express their very human fears and misgivings, and no opportunity to be confronted with real human beings instead of charicatures. The apprehension festers, any expression is met with denial and social punishment, and when there is a backlash it is sudden, extreme and virulent, like a compressed spring releasing energy.
    Northern and Eastern Europe have a tradition of fixation on the purity of their bloodlines. They have rushed to imitate the US to seem virtuous, but they are not prepared to live with material consequences of their own choices – ethnic and phenotypical diversity in their own societies. As per usual, they then blame imaginary enemies and conspiracies for their own choices.
    Southern Europeans are already regarded as racially inferior by other Europeans and aren’t so fixated on ‘blood purity’. Racism is more open and chauvinistic, and while from a northern perspective this may make society seem more hostile, it also makes it easier to confront honestly than simply banning outward expressions of racist ideas and making believe that they have been legislated out of existence.

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      Debating Europe

      Hi Michael, you make an interesting point! What do you think would be a better way to tackle racism than simply making it illegal?

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      Ana

      Debating Europe: racism is ilegal in all EU member states! There’s a non-discrimination clause in European Treaties that bans as ilegal all forms of discrimination based on race.

    • avatar
      Debating Europe

      very true, racism is indeed illegal in all member states. The question to Michael was about other measures that should be taken to tackle racism, beyond it being illegal. Do you have any ideas in this regard?

    • avatar
      Rick

      I presume you haven’t ever visited any of ex-Yugoslavia countries, becuse they have extremely low number of black people. In time of Tito there were a dozen at most in whole of Yugoslavia. And Europe does not need more phenotipical diversity, it already has more than whole Africa, ethnicities in countries where they don’t belong are what caused both world wars.

  7. avatar
    Христо

    No. Only third-world countries like the US have such problems.

    • avatar
      Arnout

      no we do aswel. From black Pete to Spain.

    • avatar
      Jan

      a telling comment

  8. avatar
    Любомир

    No, but it seems looting and pillaging has.

    • avatar
      Arnout

      this statement proves that rascisme was never gone.

  9. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Has racism become socially acceptable again?

    Racism is never acceptable. That is a ludicrous and totally futile claim. And this issue being raised via the horrific death of George Floyd at the knee of police is a very good time to address reality. Face up to what can be done to stop this brutality on ‘any’ human being, regardless of the colour of their skin. That man was murdered with consent (police do so with public agreement) in broad daylight without one man or woman, of any colour, going to his aid. Now why was that?

    Your opening headline for this thread is a shocking statement coming from a political website. It implies that it is a true occurrence accepted by your organisation as the problem being defined as ‘racism’. Meaning the colour of a persons skin being the reason political changes are taking place, due to that ludicrous and unfounded statement. It is an easy ploy in order to turn the uprise away from its real catalyst, the horrendous state of the economy. A split society or people without unity cannot address the cause if they fight within their community rather than looking at its face. Divided they fall. A well known phrase. And wealthy ruling organisations don’t want the true issues outed. It may affect billionaires bank accounts, wherever they keep their stash. So keeping us fighting each other is paramount to their cause.

    This uprising in the USA is not due to the ‘colour’ of peoples skin. If anything it is exacerbated by cultural differences and the expectations of those people within their locality. If you listen carefully to the complaints you will hear the acceptance of separation by ‘culture’ rather than race. The one most important unity all oppressed people have is ‘poverty’ and how it has grown exponentially in all races today and is the main issue in all ‘classes.’ It is a class issue.

    Black men are killed by police in the USA on about the same level as white people when they are seen as committing crime. It is the crime rate that is the basis of that figure. And nobody wants to address that important fact. You cannot arrest white men, Asian men, Oriental men for crimes they do not commit. The rate of crime is much higher in black areas, hence the higher level of criminal violence against them. That is what is unacceptable. The fact that policemen are crazed into a kind of killing instinct toward their malevolent prey, no matter their skin colour. And, until that known fact is addressed and why it is so, will only make the situation worse. Place the blame on reality, not a cover up. There can be no plausible resolution in hiding from the stats.

    https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/VIOCRM.PDF

    If you research the Western world you will find this follows through most of these states. Newly defined laws have seemingly increased the occurrence of State violence against its population. Since the poor became poorer and the middle classes were found trying to live at the level of previously poverty stricken people, crime rate in all sections of the population has increased dramatically. Look into the truth of that. Rather than pretend race is the cause, try the reality of economic malfeasance.

    Then address the difference of cultural expectation on law and order within the various groups. All of which are vastly different in principle, motive and reaction.

  10. avatar
    EU Reform- Proactive

    @ Michael, Ana / DE: “a better way & other measures”?
    Where would my imaginations take me?

    Global serfdom was eventually abolished- was its spirit too?
    CoE47 vs. EU27?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_abolition_of_slavery_and_serfdom
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro-Germans

    The US Congress ratified the 13th amendment in January 1865 by abolishing slavery. It wasn’t the current administration being ~4 years in office condoning and ignoring police brutality, but successive administrations before that.

    These dumb US police force Officers senselessly murdered their unfortunate suspect, and born was another “black hero”- neither proving heroism nor being victorious!

    Insinuating that it is only US’s Trump, EU’s Salvini, or whoever being critical about the globalists agenda are the baddies- all others the goodies- is disingenuous propaganda. I do acknowledge that Trump doesn’t fit into the usual western-style diplomatic mold.

    Generalizing and labeling all whites as “privileged” because of their “whiteness”- dismissing & ignoring everything else- is equally racist. Nobody can invoke magic in deciding where it’s best on earth to be born.

    https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/sociology-and-social-reform/sociology-general-terms-and-concepts/whiteness

    If that is disputed, then our modern magicians & political architects who can create money out of thin air & guarantee peace should ask Darwin or a Creator to re-start the evolutionary process from scratch. Of course, based on the latest UN/EU Human rights charter and the condition to prevent Pangaea from breaking up- forcing all humans onto one continent to develop- or not- equally. Life is a lottery!

    To unbalance the balanced, political experimenting, promoting illegal (welcome all) immigration and falsely portraying it a humanitarian duty to adjust a labor cum low birth rate imbalance- is also disingenuous.

    Yes, it’s a disgrace that successive US administrations were allowing state-sponsored police brutalities for that long. After all, the police should not be called & seen as a “force”- but able to deliver a professional non-war like “service” to all citizens. Proper & thorough training is a condition- that seems lacking.

    https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/list-of-countries-by-number-of-police-officers.html

    It is the nation’s elected politicians- not its citizens- who are aiding & abetting police terror!
    Also, it is the state’s institutionalized racism- not the HR of the freedom of association by individuals who should be under scrutiny.

    Why not shine the light on the right suspects & not deflect the narrative by making every citizen feel guilty of racism. Some individuals may, but the majority is not. State police terror is the issue!

  11. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Has racism become socially acceptable again?

    Every man and woman throughout the Western world should make a ‘serious’ effort to watch todays TV show called ‘Good Morning Britain’. It is a masterpiece in political manipulative propaganda. Obviously the presenters have been put under pressure, by their paymasters, to bring about change in the pro British voting public. They have been advised to persuade voters to believe they are in a small minority of united thinking that is ‘wrongful.’ And using the one subject they against them they fear to contest.

    The link below is not the full clip, for the full impact you must watch the complete discussion. This clip is a soupçon and they rely on that to enable a half awareness of what is going on. It is a brief show of how the majority view is turned into a, so called, minority protest against reality. Note first, they chose a man who is out of favour with the left, who has been smeared relentlessly as they are intent on retaking power of the British people against Brexit. They then pick a crazed left wing history professor, who seriously is biased against full exposure of British factual history. Then along with a black activist, they stridently mouth their views. Not facts mind you, but, their views. They then drown out any counter argument put against the four people who collude to humiliate, which include the presenters, against the one person with a differing view. They did this a few days ago with Giuliani, who walked out and whom they also drowned out of the argument when giving his ‘alternative’ view.

    It is a masterpiece in the art of sheepwashing the democratic system of our country, bringing us to a laughing stock. Watch it. And rejoice in the fact that, at last, the argument is coming to the surface. Albeit, in the most biased and prejudiced anti truth you will witness.

    Be joyful, as to get this riled up they are now desperate, because they know majority rule is against them. So to counter they have become obsessed with blocking reality from view. They know, via the Brexit vote, they have lost the take over of a fiercely united British people. Hence the use of loud mouth screamers to make invalid points.

    https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1270271276708478976?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    This crowd know they are about to be wiped off the air in protest by those they stifle from speaking. Politicians no longer take the opportunity to appear on their show. And, that is because they are not allowed, by these presenters to give their honest views on any matter that does not coincide with their own. They spout horrendously of how they love ‘democracy’ and the freedom of speech. Which they only endure when same speech goes along with what they profess is their ‘right’ thinking. In other words, they fight the battle by denying any opposition.

  12. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Has racism become socially acceptable again?

    Every man and woman throughout the Western world should make a ‘serious’ effort to watch todays TV show called ‘Good Morning Britain’. It is a masterpiece in political manipulative propaganda. Obviously the presenters have been put under pressure. They have been advised to persuade voters to believe they are in a small minority of united thinking that is ‘wrongful.’ And using the one subject against them they fear to contest.

    The link below is not the full clip, watch the complete discussion. This clip is a soupçon and does not expose full awareness of what took place. It is a brief show of how a majority view can be turned into a minority protest against reality. Note first, they chose a man out of favour with the left, smeared as the anti Brexit are intent on retaking power of the British peoples vote. They picked a left wing history professor, who is openly biased against full exposure of British history. Then along with an activist, they stridently mouth their views. Not facts mind you, but, their views. They then drown out any counter argument put against the four people who collude to humiliate, against the one person with a differing view. They did this a few days ago with Giuliani, whom they also drowned out of the argument when giving his ‘alternative’ view to theirs.

    It is a masterpiece in the art of sheepwashing a democratic system, bringing us to a laughing stock. Watch it. And rejoice in the fact that, at last, the argument is coming to the surface.

    Be joyful, as to get this riled up they are revealing desperation. They believe majority rule is against them. So to counter they become obsessed with blocking reality from view. They know, via the Brexit vote, they have lost the take over of fiercely united British people.

    https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1270271276708478976?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    This crowd know they are about to be wiped off the air in protest by those whose speech they stifle. They tell us main Politicians have refused take the opportunity to appear on their show as a result of this attitude. Apparently they not allowed to give their honest view on any matter not coinciding with their own. The presenters spout how they love ‘democracy’ and freedom of speech. Which they only endure when it goes along with their own, which they claim is ‘right’ thinking. In other words, they fight the battle by denying open opposition.

  13. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Has racism become socially acceptable again?

    Every man and woman throughout the Western world should make a ‘serious’ effort to watch todays TV show called ‘Good Morning Britain’. It is a masterpiece in political manipulative propaganda. Obviously the presenters have been put under pressure. They have been advised to persuade voters to believe they are in a small minority of united thinking that is ‘wrongful.’ And using the one subject against them they fear to contest.

    The link below is not the full clip, watch the complete discussion. This clip is a soupçon and does not expose full awareness of what took place. It is a brief show of how a majority view can be turned into a minority protest against reality. Note first, they chose a man out of favour with the left, smeared as the anti Brexit are intent on retaking power of the British peoples vote. They picked a left wing history professor, who is openly biased against full exposure of British history. Then along with an activist, they stridently mouth their views. Not facts mind you, but, their views. They then drown out any counter argument put against the four people who collude to humiliate, against the one person with a differing view. They did this a few days ago with Giuliani, whom they also drowned out of the argument when giving his ‘alternative’ view to theirs.

    Be joyful, as to get this riled up they are revealing desperation. They believe majority rule is against them.

    https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1270271276708478976?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    This crowd know they are about to be wiped off the air in protest by those whose speech they stifle. They tell us main Politicians have refused take the opportunity to appear on their show as a result of this attitude. Apparently they are not allowed to give their honest view on any matter not coinciding with their own. They spout how they love ‘democracy’ and freedom of speech. Which they only endure when it goes along with their own, which they claim is ‘right’ thinking. In other words, they fight the battle by denying open opposition.

  14. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Some kind of website problem here. It was not supposed to be three times the identical message.

  15. avatar
    EU Reform-Proactive

    Cathrine deserves an answer! Where should one begin?

    How best to address these racial eruptions? One should wonder about all ongoing stupidities, the irrationalities, the racist sloganeering, the rhetoric & soapy speeches, the profanity, and naivety.

    Probably, China’s Politburo is laughing & enjoying this democratic mess the West has entrapped itself. Why not ask China what to do when a certain group says “only none yellow life matters”?

    When a Western (US, UK or EU) mob turns against its history and uses anarchism, vandalism, looting, arson and senseless destruction of public and private properties or defacing historic relics (“urinating”?), there is hardly a distinction between an angry African mob and its US, UK or EU counterparts.

    Doesn’t it challenge the EU belief, that political driven integration & multiculturalism is successful & beneficial for all? If found to be a failure, can we expect more laws?

    Why don’t we see demonstrations against the present human traffickers helping Africans escape their dysfunctional homelands? It is desperation & by choice! Will the newcomers also join one day & parrot BLM- when supposed & allowed to integrate into the West?

    This BLM slogan could have come straight from a reputation management company- like the defunct & disgraced UK consulting firm Bell Pottinger.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Pottinger

    Or- Nigel Oakes’s SCL Group- Cambridge Analytica.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook%E2%80%93Cambridge_Analytica_data_scandal
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCL_Group

    Please- “All Lives Matter” (ALM) dear fellow humans!

    Why is a common criminal honored by a wannabe US Democratic Party president?

    * Did any of these “honored criminals” voluntarily suffer death in pursuit of upholding or breaking the (US) law?

    * Did any of them sacrifice their life for defending great values- like the (US) Constitution or its sovereignty?

    No, they are defeating, undermining & disrespecting law & order. They run for cover and honored afterward! Absurd!

    African statistics indicate: “Neither Black Lives NOR ANY Lives” matter much in Africa! Why not look at the most developed African country, South Africa? A prominent & promising African country.

    https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/violent-crime-rates-by-country/
    https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/crime-rate-by-country/

    “58 people are murdered every day in South Africa= 34 murders per 100,000 people”.
    GBV- (gender-based violence)
    https://ewn.co.za/2020/06/13/ramaphosa-laments-week-of-femicides-calling-it-dark-and-shameful

    https://africacheck.org/spot-check/south-african-police-record-2300-gender-based-violence-complaints-in-first-week-of-lockdown-not-87000/

    https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/surge-in-gender-based-voilence-during-lockdown-level-3-says-ramaphosa-20200613

    https://www.gq.co.za/culture/5-hard-facts-on-gender-based-violence-in-south-africa-31808627

    Save to say: BLM is only an issue when perpetrated outside Africa- preferable in countries of the former colonial Masters, where White monopoly capital originates from, great monetary benefits can be extracted and the ever so good people crucify themselves & beg history to forgive & undo itself.

  16. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    @ EU Reform-Proactive

    It was kind of you to respond to my post. Thank you.

    To add a short note. I could give quite a few non functioning economies of today, but these two in particular show a lack of both best interest logic and an example of how to take a thriving economy and destroy it, from a position of violent revenge and lack of economic understanding.

    Haiti, the once French led island in the Caribbean, enjoying a lucrative economy to the utter violent mess it is today, after the French pulled out. Ignorance can be bliss, as the saying goes, but in this case, I don’t think so.

    Then, back to South Africa, Zimbabwe. Once a British led area, referred to as the Bread Basket of Africa’s south. Look at it now, another poverty stricken, violent mess, begging for civilised intervention. Both having a vengeance for the people behind their ‘historical’ prosperity.

    What I find disturbing here though, is the dysfunctional response of our present leaders to address this obvious, sort after, destruction. And why they believe we should be sending our contemporary brave people in to try and clean it up.

    What we see live on our TV sets would have to be thought an idiots attempt at reclamation of our state. As if the destruction being carried out was with our leaders consent and encouragement. Whilst those in the line of duty are used as victim fodder with their consent and approval. That somehow, taking a knee for mistaken notions of globalism was going to save our country from the fate we see taking place elsewhere on the planet. Not one of those people willing or seeing a need to walk away from planned chaos, in order to allow politicians themselves to stand on their constructed front line. Forced to face decisions they clung to over decades. Convinced their idealism was working. Rather than research and face the examples they have in front of them proving they did not. Why should those who had nothing to do with the proposed political mayhem, any simpleton could have foreseen by their reasoning, take the knife, beating or acid in the face on their behalf? That is the job of the bodyguard. Not a police force there by consent of the people they are trying to protect.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/exposed-the-horror-zimbabwe-is-hiding-behind-a-news-blackout-pf7dw3m9b

    And the once glorious island of Haiti as it is now.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/haitian-horrors-

    Rather than pull down the statue of our war hero Churchill, we desperately need his like today.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-06-15/u-k-should-tear-down-churchill-s-statue

  17. avatar
    Catherine Benning

    Has racism become socially acceptable again?

    I think racism is dramatic in the news business and used politically to draw attention away from the issue of wealth. I woke up again this morning with the words booming from Sky as top line news that, 88 black people in the US 2020, had been shot by police. How terrible is that in a so called civilised society.

    Perhaps if all lives ‘mattered,’ white people would have been included, Sky would say how many white people had been shot by police in the US 2020. Then perhaps we would have a better perspective on racism being its fundamental cause.

    Year 2020 police in the US shot ‘172 white people’ and ’88 black people.’
    Year 2019 police in the US shot ‘370 white people’ and ‘235 black people.’
    Year 2018 police in the US shot ‘399 white people’ and ‘209 black people.’
    Year 2017 police in the US shot ‘457’ white people and ‘179’ black people.’

    The discrimination toward ‘white people’ is dramatic and can anyone tell me why white lives ‘don’t matter’ in this category? Particularly as more crime in the US is carried out by black people than white. Let’s have a little more perspective on the race issue, as to dwell repeatedly on misinformation does not find any kind of useful solution to the problem.

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-police-officers-are-shot-and-killed-by-blacks-than-police-officers-kill-african-americans-claims-former-new-york-city-mayor-giuliani-2020-06-17.

    Why is it so difficult to find serious facts on crime and race, especially the homicide rate. If race is going to be used as a political tool, then open up honest facts around the issue, rather than play a game of discrimination and inequality in order to divert the public with a smokescreen. There is no solutions to be found in a game of pretence. It simply distorts reasoning.

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