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Racism: Is Europe Any Better?

By: Morten Kjaerum,

This year, the world is in a different state which is why Almedalen in Sweden was cancelled. Almedalen, Sweden, was the first ever ‘People’s meeting ‘ in Europe. The Almedal week is Sweden’s most important political forum. Today, such meetings are held across Europe with 100.000’s of Europeans meeting to discuss political issues.

The cancellation of Almedalen led to #iställetföralmedalen which was a series of webinars on different topics in our society. Our Director, Morten Kjaerum and Josette Bushell-Mingo, discussed Europe and racism, during the Democracy day at the Alternative Almedal week.

Morten and Josette addresses why racism is so deeply rooted into human rights; how we – as individuals and societies – must relate to racism to contribute to change.

We have to become and be anti-racists rather than non-racists, i.e actively engage in working against


Watch the webinar “Racism: Is Europe any better?”

Racism: Is Europe any better? from Altitude Meetings

Morten Kjaerum Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, wrote his first article on racism in 1981 and since then the issue has stayed with him. He used to be a member of  CERD, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the director for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (2008-15) where he turned racism into a key issue and made sure the agency undertook a number of surveys on racism.

Josette Bushell-Mingo, is a vice-Chancellor and head of department at the Department of Acting, Vice-Chancellor at the Stockholm university of the arts.  She is also the artistic diretor for the The National Black Theatre of Sweden (NBTS), memer of TRYCK , as well as freelancing director and actress.

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