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George Floyd killing opens racism wounds for European blacks

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The killing of George Floyd is probably the only time several friends and acquaintances have written me about a racist killing. Some are sharing how they feel, and others wrote to say they are there for me. One message especially stuck out.

"Are you actually happy not to live in the USA at the moment?" a German friend wrote on WhatsApp. "The recent events are unfortunately very sad," he added.

It took me about a whole day to respond.

There's no relief for me that I live in Germany. I'm upset, and I'm frustrated. For years, black men and women have been murdered and killed, even by the police, just because they are black. For us, George Floyd's killing is a reminder that racist violence sometimes results in death.

Anti-black racism pervasive in the West

The protests across US cities, and now even in some European capitals, are really about the frustration and desperation that blacks feel in the face of institutional and structural racism. We shouldn't kid ourselves into thinking this is solely an American problem. Anti-black racism is pervasive in the Western world.

Protesters took to the streets of London after the killing of George Floyd by police

In 2011 protests took place in London after Mark Duggan, a black man, was shot and killed by the police. Across the channel, in France, major protests and riots ensued following the........

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