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'Worldwide anger': For European papers, US racism isn't the exception


IN THE PAPERS - Monday, June 8: As Black Lives Matter protests continue to amplify worldwide, European papers affirm that despite what some politicians say, US racism is not the exception. Canadian writer and activist Naomi Klein talks to Le Monde about the current period and how to move forward. And a real-life treasure hunt launched by an art collector a decade ago comes to an end.


You'll find the same image on virtually all of the papers out of the UK this Monday – the bronze statue of the slave trader Edward Colston being heaved into Bristol harbour by protesters. The Guardian headlines on the fact that many are accusing the British government of "ignorance" for suggesting that the protests are only about anger over prejudice in the US. In its editorial, the paper writes that George Floyd's death "has resonated so widely not because it was exceptional, but because it was not".

The French paper Libération is making that same argument today. They talk about "worldwide anger" – from London to Sydney to Rome to Paris. The paper notes that in France, too, some politicians try to argue that racism and police violence don't exist, but this is an "incredible denial of reality", according to Libération's editorial.

Many papers are also making a direct link between the timing of the protests and the Covid-19 pandemic which laid bare racial and other inequalities. The Canadian writer and activist Naomi Klein makes that link in an intrview with Le Monde. She says that all fights are connected – from police violence, to climate change, to economic inequality. Her conclusion is that we need to think about the post-pandemic world we want to build – "accelerating is what capitalism wants us to do… but speed is the enemy".

Finally, we end with a real-life story about buried treasure uncovered after a decade! Back in 2010, a collector named Forrest Fenn hid a chest containing $1 million worth of gold in the Rocky Mountains and published clues about where to find it. He now says it's been uncovered, but hasn't revealed the identity of the person who found it. The collector said he basically did it to create an adventure for people and while he's glad it's been found, he is "sad that the chase is over".

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