Racist sentiments are often classified as the ‘real’ feelings of ‘the people’, a daring protest against a superficial veneer of political correctness, as authentic voices of the silent majority. The anti-racist in contrast is typically construed as unwilling to understand these deep feelings. But is this so?
We have collected a few stories and perspectives which contemplate on how national identity is constructed and what effect it has on our lives.
Discussion about integration in Marsa must necessarily begin by understanding the social context and take into account the existing boundaries and divisions among the Marsa residents themselves.
Upon returning to Malta after a year in Oxford as a five-year-old, I had to face the challenges of integration all over again; made worse by the fact that I had completely forgotten Maltese and my parents were living in Sliema.
Why must an individual sound or look Maltese in order to stand up for the good of our society? Not only does bigotry discourage sound debate between individuals of different nationality, it also backfires in the most unexpected way.
To integrate was to recognise diversity and complexity of Maltese society.