Backlash for the anti-racist campaign of the Spanish postal services
Spain’s public postal service, Correos, issued a series of four stamps in different skin colors. The darker the stamp, the lower the price. The lightest color costs 1.60 euros. The darker costs 0.70 euros.
The Postal Service calls them the “ equality stamps ” and presented them on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. He said the stamps “ reflect an unjust and painful reality that should not be allowed ” and that every letter or package sent with them would send a message against racial inequality. ”
The campaign was launched during European Diversity Month in collaboration with the Spanish Federation Against Racism SOS, a non-profit group, and included a 60-second video with Spanish hip-hop star and activist El Chojin.
But while Correos Espana’s goal was to ‘shed light on racial inequalities and promote diversity, inclusion and equal rights’, critics accuse the company of having a narrow ear for racial issues and to misinterpret the sentiment of blacks in Spain. .
Antumi Toasije, a historian who heads the Government Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination, urged the postal service to stop selling the stamps.
A campaign that scandalizes those it claims to defend is always a mistake, ” he tweeted.
The postal service initiative has divided anti-racist activists in Spain. While the SOS National Federation of Racism supported it, the organization’s Madrid section rejected the effort.
SOS Racismo Madrid said the campaign helps cover up the structural nature of racism and perpetuate the notion of black inferiority.
Anyone aware of racism would have identified what was wrong with the campaign, he said, adding that the mistake proved the need for more racist aware people in decision-making positions in companies.
The campaign has also been criticized on social media.
Correos Espana said on Friday he would not comment on the controversy.
This is not the first time that the Spanish Post has sought to make a statement on social issues. Last June, to coincide with LGBT Pride Month, he issued a special stamp and painted his fans and letterboxes in rainbow colors.