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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

The Anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd (debate)

  Monica Semedo (Renew). – Madam President, I want to share with you an essay I wrote when I was eight years old. ‘I am Monica Semedo. I have beautiful black skin. My family came from Cape Verde to Luxembourg. We almost had to go back to our island because we should be expelled from the country. In the beginning, I was at the Saint-François Institute. Now, our mother found a beautiful large apartment. I am happy with everyone.’ My teacher laughed when I said, ‘We’re all just Luxembourgers!’. She added, ‘We are all just human beings!’

However, colour is not invisible. I have experienced racism. I’ve been surrounded by 40 neo-Nazis shouting at me. I frequently get stopped at airports. Once I was even separated from my friends for hours. I hear prejudiced remarks about black people, and then: ‘But you’re an exception!’ And I say ‘No, I’m not!’ This is why we must support this resolution and call on the Council to unblock the anti-discrimination directive. The time for silence is over.


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