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Race and Europe through the Kosovo experience

By - 13.12.2019

The idea of racial superiority is based upon the social construct of race. It is based upon the notion that some people are superior to others. In the past year there have been instances of blatant racism at football matches in the Czech Republic, Italy and Bulgaria. This shows us that even though the European Union has established anti-racism institutions its member-states still, in some sense, have racist discourse. 

Experiences of racism differ all over the world, in most heterogeneous societies, for example the UK or France, minority groups are often the ones that are discriminated against institutionally. People with different backgrounds will have it harder in schools, or finding jobs, or getting singled out by police through ethnic profiling. 

There are communities in Kosovo (i.e. the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community) that are also discriminated against in that way. They suffer from institutionalized racism, environmental injustice and social discrimination. Many of the people from this community still live segregated, one of the “roma neighborhoods” is even based in the backyard of a coal power plant. Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians still face much discrimination from the majority of the Kosovar society. 

In order to shed light on these issues within our society, and to help create a larger understanding about this worldwide phenomenon, K2.0 is organizing a discussion on race. Before the discussion we will screen the movie “The Feeling of Being Watched.” Join us on 16 December 2019, at Hub 2.0. The movie will be screened at 16:00, the discussion begins from 17:30.

To get the discussion started we have invited:

  1. Darlene Grant – Head of the Peace Corps Kosovo
  2. Genc Broqi – Works at Roma Versitas Kosovo 

The discussion will be moderated by Bronwyn Jones – Editor at K2.0.K

*English and Romani translation will be provided.

The screening of the movie is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo, while the discussion is implemented with the financial support from Prince Claus Fund.