George Floyd: A Mockingbird (by Kitch Mensah Bonsu)

George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin both worked for the Minneapolis Latin nightclub and both were in charge of keeping unruly customers under control but they never knew their paths would cross outside the club and their engagement as police and civilian would result in a disaster in America. In their encounter, Officer Chauvin knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck while his captive choked repeatedly that he could not breathe. This would have qualified for standard police brutality which occurs in the field every day and this incident would have ordinarily not qualified as a disaster. However, the death of Mr. Floyd at the hands of his colleague night club worker has moved from a social problem of racism, police brutality and racial injustice into a sociological problem of racial murder which has impacted the whole world.

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Interview with Tanja Hammel in the Tagesanzeiger

In an interview with the Tagesanzeiger, Tanja Hammel talks about colonial history and postcolonial Switzerland.

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Interview with Elísio Macamo in Die Zeit

In an interview with Die Zeit, Elísio Macamo speaks about the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in Switzerland.

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Black Lives Matter: Statement by students of the MA African Studies

As a response to the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, the students of the Master’s program African Studies issued a statement. As students in African studies at the University of Basel we cannot remain indifferent! The murder of George Floyd by police forces in the United States is yet another […]

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