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Jakarta Post

Global fight against racism: Papuan lives also matter

  • Elvira Rumkabu


Jayapura, Papua   /   Thu, June 4, 2020   /  09:59 am
Global fight against racism: Papuan lives also matter Marginalized: Wearing traditional headdress, Papuan human rights activists Dano Tabuni (right) and Ambrosius Mulait wait for the start of their trial at the Central Jakarta District Court. The two faced charges of treason for flying the Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag during a rally outside the State Palace last August. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The death of George Floyd, an African-American who was brutally murdered by a policeman in an American city, is not an isolated incident but a sign of deeply entrenched and normalized outright racism. Structural and institutionalized societies and systems that project whiteness as superior and dominant, while portraying blackness as the exact opposite, continue to build a racial boundary that resonates throughout the world. The video of Floyd’s daylight murder, which went viral globally, shows the white officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, ignoring his pleas that he could not breathe. Floyd’s tragic death, which sparked widespread outrage and demonstrations despite the pandemic, has been deeply felt by the people of Papua who relate to Floyd’s killing, connected through a sense of common oppression and painful personal and collective memories. One was the...

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