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Anti-Blackness, Dehumanisation and Hypocrisy in the Coverage of Russia’s War on Ukraine

by in World on 2nd March, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a full-scale invasion into Ukraine following months of military build up on the country’s border. Russia has been conducting airstrikes that have killed over 352 civilians and displaced more than 360,000 Ukrainians who are now attempting to flee the country to safety.

The war has triggered swift condemnation and economic sanctions by several countries including the United States and the United Kingdom as well as emergency talks at the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Social media users were quick to note the stark difference in the speed of the international community’s response to events in Ukraine and the unequivocal solidarity voiced by leaders of Western nations in comparison to other conflicts currently taking place across the world.

Journalists, media outlets, politicians and even culture and sports bodies have been accused of hypocrisy and racism for using dehumanising language to question how war can break out in a “civilised” nation and insinuating that “blue-eyed and blonde-haired” refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine are more worthy of sympathy and support.

Many have also called out the glaring double standards in Britain’s Foreign secretary supporting British citizens flying over to Ukraine to help fight Russian troops while many Muslim aid workers who travelled to places like Syria to support humanitarian efforts were criminalised.

Others highlighted the hypocrisy in countries and major organisations supporting sanctions, boycotts and civil resistance against Russia’s military occupation of Ukraine while criticising or outlawing these same tactics when used by pro-Palestine activists against Israel.

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