There is a sentiment that racism in Malta is something very new, or that currently we are ‘only’ in the early stages of racism for people to actively take a stand against it. But racism isn’t a child going through different stages of development until it reaches maturity.
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?
Suleiman Abubaker suffered a fractured skull and lung contusions when he was thrown out of the club in May 2009. He fell into a coma and died 11 days later.
The armed presence along the perimeter of Ħal Far—essentially, the border between ‘us’ and ‘them’—was a display of state power and a pretense of care for its loyal citizens. At once, it disciplined the diseased ‘other’ and fenced the rest off from it.
Perhaps, Konrad Mizzi fears that migrants rioting against injustice could inspire the Maltese electorate to follow their example. Luckily for him, it’s the migrants who seem to be the only ones pissed off enough to riot. Meanwhile, his electorate obediently swallows abuse.
Strangers’ prying eyes frighten me now. After the horrendous murder of Lassana Cisse, I became, for the first time, worried about my husband’s safety. I fear for his life.
Picking up rubbish can be perceived differently depending on the circumstances… and skin colour of those doing the cleaning.