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#JusticeForAlika: What will it take to finish racism in Italy?


On Thursday, August 11 at 19:30 GMT:
On July 29th Alika Ogorchukwu – a 39-year-old husband and father – was crushed to loss of life within the afternoon on the road of a busy seaside city in Italy whereas witnesses and bystanders filmed the assault. A longtime resident of Italy, Ogorchukwu, who was Nigerian and disabled, was attacked by a person together with his personal crutch whereas promoting handkerchiefs and different wares as a supply of revenue.

Anti-racism advocates and specialists have burdened that whereas brutal, the killing of Ogorchukwu is just not an remoted incident and as an alternative emblematic of a broader tradition of racism and xenophobia in opposition to individuals of color in Italy. A tradition that they are saying has lengthy been ignored and denied.

A assortment of activists have come collectively to sentence the homicide as a violent act of racism and ableism that could be a reflection of a broad number of systemic social failings. But others have contested the suggestion that the assault was racially motivated. Ogorchukwu’s loss of life has additionally sparked worldwide outrage with requires #JusticeForAlika and renewed conversations about racism in Italy.

These calls come at a time of political rigidity because the nation is ready to carry a snap basic election on September 25th with a far-right coalition, whose rhetoric critics say usually trades on inflammatory language based mostly in racism and anti-immigrant sentiments, anticipated to win. Advocates of revisions to the nation’s citizenship legal guidelines have stated that amendments at the moment up for debate, if handed, might be one step in direction of making the nation extra inclusive.

On this episode of The Stream, we talk about what it would take to achieve justice for Alika and whether or not his loss of life shall be a turning level for the way Italy tackles racism.

In this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Angelica Pesarini @AngiePesarini
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Kwanza Musi Dos Santos @stanzadikwanza
Member, National Antiracist Coordination

Angelo Boccato @Ang_Bok
Freelance Journalist


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