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“Ethnocentrism, Xenophobia and Racism: Same Difference?”

A reflection on prejudice, othering, race and the effects of racism by friends of the Africa Centre on Law and Ethics at GIMPA

The teenage Trayvon Martin, the 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, the 46-year-old George Floyd. The list of all-too-familiar names seems to get longer by the day but the accountability for the slaughter no better.

Recent research by the US Federal Reserve showed that where 31% of black and 28% of Latino families own equity, whether directly or indirectly, 61% of white American families do.

What accounts for these discrepancies of wealth, health, life expectancy, quality of engagement with the law? Why do black people in North America and Europe seem to bear such difficulties disproportionately? And what distinguishes the prejudice African Americans face from the kind of sentiment some South Africans aim at fellow Africans from other countries?

The Africa Centre on Law and Ethics within the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) will host a webinar tomorrow, 30 June 2020, to discuss these and related matters.

Are all three terms – ethnocentrism, racism and xenophobia – interrelated? How can Ghanaians live with the paradox of speaking up for George Floyd one moment and stoking hate speech against minority groups the next? What makes Black Lives Matter a movement with global weight?

Join a panel of noted academic figures – Professor Takyiwaa Manu of the University of Ghana, Professor Dejo Olowu of Walter Sisulu University in South Africa and Professor Anthony Cook of Georgetown University in the United States – to reflect on the meaning of the labels we slap on people we feel are overwhelming us. They also reflect on the implications of the renaissance of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The panel will be moderated by Nana Yaa Mensah of Asaase Radio.

Join the “Ethnocentrism, Xenophobia and Racism: Same Difference?” webinar by Zoom on 30 June 2020 (2pm GMT). Meeting ID: 823-1264-8520.

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