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In Ukraine, racism is usually discussed in comparison to other countries, primarily as a contrast. And it is mainly white experts who do all the talking. It appears that denying racism today is a sign of one's good manners. There is even a golden collection of arguments. Presumably, “we don't have racism, because everyone is white here,” “racism does not exist here because we did not have slavery, Ukraine did not colonize anyone but was colonized itself,” “technically, it's not even racism, because this is a matter of class, not race,” “if whiteness is about access to privilege and wealth, then everyone is racialized in Ukraine” and so on. (The full text is available in Ukrainian).

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