On Thursday, August 11 at 19:30 GMT:
On July twenty ninth Alika Ogorchukwu – a 39-year-old husband and father – was crushed to dying 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 along with his personal crutch whereas promoting handkerchiefs and different wares as a supply of earnings.
Anti-racism advocates and specialists have careworn that whereas brutal, the killing of Ogorchukwu shouldn’t be an remoted incident and as a substitute emblematic of a broader tradition of racism and xenophobia in opposition to folks of color in Italy. A tradition that they are saying has lengthy been ignored and denied.
A group 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. However others have contested the suggestion that the assault was racially motivated. Ogorchukwu’s dying has additionally sparked worldwide outrage with requires #JusticeForAlika and renewed conversations about racism in Italy.
These calls come at a time of political stress because the nation is about to carry a snap common election on September twenty fifth 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 presently 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 is going to take to attain justice for Alika and whether or not his dying shall be a turning level for a way Italy tackles racism.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Angelica Pesarini @AngiePesarini
Assistant Professor, College of Toronto
Kwanza Musi Dos Santos @stanzadikwanza
Member, Nationwide Antiracist Coordination
Angelo Boccato @Ang_Bok