It's Happening Here Too

The racial injustice that goes beyond the USA

By Sara Quattrocchi Febles | 4 June 2020

Find information and resources on cases of racial injustice present in other countries and in other languages here.

I’ve spent the last week thinking about what I could do beyond sharing donation links, donating money, and informing myself properly on what the media doesn’t tell us and on what history at school doesn’t teach us. I know this is already something but I’m frustrated because I want to be at the protests, supporting PoC (People of Color) with the fight for racial and social justice. But instead, I’m in front of my computer sitting at a desk in my parents’ house, hoping I can reach as many people as possible with this article.

I began wanting to write this not as an article, but as a short text showing The Courtauldian’s support for PoC and linking to various donation funds, as many magazines, publications, and newspapers have already done. But I’ve come to realize that besides being a show of solidarity, this wouldn’t do much else, which is why I want to write this not from the perspective of the editor of The Courtauldian and student at The Courtauld, but solely from my personal perspective as a half Spanish and half Italian 19-year-old.

I want to make things clear from the start. The only thing that I’m hoping for with this is for you, the reader, to feel motivated to research and learn more about your own community; to question the morals of those around you, as well as your own. I don't want to ask you to do this. Instead, be motivated to do it independently.

You might be thinking, “but what’s happening in the USA does not apply to me here in Europe.” Still, we both know, deep down, that that is not the case. Let’s face it, as white people, we are unaware of the racial disparities within our own communities. We can choose to be unaware of it. The fact that we often don’t notice anything and have the option to not notice anything is down to our privilege. We live behind a curtain that we’re actively choosing not to undrape.