Naked ‘but they look like us’ prejudice on show – and there seems no shame or self-awareness among those pushing it
The UK media has been full of casual and explicit racism this weekend in its coverage of the Ukrainian crisis.
Footage from Ukraine and areas that border it show harrowing and heartbreaking scenes – but the media have shown no shame in saying that it is especially harrowing because it involves white Europeans and not people of colour or from some ‘third-world nation’.
The Telegraph was explicit:
But broadcasters have been little better. ITV’s reporter looked near to tears as she described scenes in a rail station, ‘unthinkable’ because it did not involve people from ‘a developing, third-world nation’:
And on the BBC, a guest spoke freely, unchecked and unquoted by the interviewer, of the tragedy of the situation affecting people with blue eyes:
The same broadcaster’s ‘Ukrainecast’ portrayed Ukrainians as ‘normal… European people’:
The UK media is no better in its prejudice than their US counterparts:
And the hypocrisy and racism of UK politicians is no better. While UK citizens face jail for travelling to fight ISIS or defend Kurdsfrom genocide, Tory Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said she will support Britons going to Ukraine to fight there:
Activist account @ToryFibs nailed it in a summary tweet:
The Ukraine crisis has laid bare the racism of the Establishment – and the Establishment is not even trying to be subtle about it.
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