Tag Archives: racism

Changes to Citizenship in the Dominican Republic: the Denationalization of a Generation– or Two or Three or Four

by Seth Garfinkel A child of Haitian immigrants, Juliana Deguis was born in the Dominican Republic in 1984. At the time, the question of her citizenship was not a question at all: as established in the 1929 Dominican Constitution, anyone born in the Dominican Republic would be considered a Dominican citizen. However, in 2008, when Juliana […]

Hey Home Office, it’s time to stop and soul search

It can take a long time to get local. I live in East London but I’m not sure who my mayor or councillors are, I haven’t a favourite corner pub/curry place/kebab shop and I still hear the East Enders theme song when I’m on the bus. Somehow it’s too easy to overlook the local in […]

Race and racism in the ‘colour-blind’ West

…I’ve always been sensitive to race. I don’t support racism or racists. I’ve never considered myself racist and don’t think others would consider me a racist. How could I be one now? I never enslaved any one, prevented them from working or voting or living in my neighbourhood or joining my clubs. I don’t think there […]

“Non ci sono italiani neri!” The struggle to be black in the Bel Paese

The last few months have seen both Italian and international press roaring with reports of racism in the, apparently not so, Bel Paese[i]. Much of the reported abuse has focused on two of Italy’s most high-profile black Italians: Cecile Kyenge and Mario Balotelli. Both Kyenge and Balotelli are Italian citizens, both are black and both […]