byThe Guardian, October 2018
What does that mean for daily life in these places? To take the full measure of it, you have to live there.
There’s the conversation at the bakery where an old woman complains about the “bad” foreigners, and the woman serving her agrees.
There’s the conductor on the tram who deliberately checks only the tickets of the black passengers.
And there are the attacks on left-wing cultural or community centres – stones thrown, beatings, bombings, the violence you experience when you try to get involved….and there’s the passivity of the so-called civilian population – locals who stand by when a black person is beaten up in the town center.
Racist, fascist normality sets in.
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