Comment: Compared with Migrant Tales’ review of 2011, the one below by Racism Review shows an equally worrying picture of the year in the United States.
Despite negative news like increased deportations, racism in presidential politics, racism in general and Islamophobia, the year was characterized by social campaigns and movements. Some worth mentioning are the Drop the I-Word campaign, more research on racism and life in a so-called “post-racial society,” celebrating cultural diversity as well as social media campaigns.
In Finland immigrants, Finns and Finns with international backgrounds are beginning to take the lead. Facebook sites like My Finland is International and blogs like Migrant Tales have taken leadership and become a counter-voice. Even if this may be the case, there is still a lot of work to be done on the anti-racism front, especially during these economic times where far-right and populist groups are promoting racism and exclusion of immigrants and minorities.
Racism Review asks, “what will you do in 2012 contribute to the struggle for racial justice?”
We at Migrant Tales plan to continue the struggle until the menace of racism is corned and placed on the defensive in our society. We plan to continue the struggle and drive home the point that that racism is shameful and cowardly social behavior.
As the year 2011 ends, there are several good year-end reviews about racial justice, this video from Colorlines and this post from a David J. Leonard writing at New Black Man, are both excellent. We here atRacism Review offer this as our own brief, and necessarily incomplete, recap of some of the notable events in the struggle for racial justice. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end, there are some victories there, too ~ and a challenge for you at the end.