Akala on xenophobia in Britain and the insidious nature of systemic racism. Taken from a BBC tongue-in-cheek post-election analysis earlier this year (Akala comes in at about 2 min but I recommend watching all of it).

Akala on the current refugee crisis:

In 2011 we were told we loved Libyans so much that we need to bomb democracy into them. Less than five years later, we are left with people fleeing the same conflict to drown in the sea while giving a woman space in national newspaper to refer to them as “cockroaches”. And when you refer to humans as cockroaches then that is a mandate for murder. Let’s be clear about that. The moment human beings become non-human that is a mandate for murder.


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