A Maltese man today showed just how deep racial prejudice has seeped into society.
Today’s episode of #CovidCalls discussed local race relations in the wake of the shocking murder of George Floyd by an American police officer.
Two black Maltese youths, Yannick Yankam and Jacob Walker, appeared on Lovin Malta’s talk show to give their personal insights – however, a commenter repeatedly using racist and derogatory language soon caused outrage among viewers.
“Jungle monkeys is all you’re good for, come destroy Malta so I’ll turn you into bits of trash, you black thing,” Melvin Grima said publicly today.
When he was called out for his words, he told people that they clearly “loved black cream” and supported terrorism.
(Emanuel Tabone clarified that his comment was written in praise of someone who said she had reported the racist comments)
People wasted no time in calling out the “coward” who left the racist comments.
“What a rude man you are, without a conscience! Words hurt,” one person said, while another said: “Some comments right here show the problem with some people in this country”.
One person took aim directly at the person making the comments.
“We all know you’re the real monkey here, Melvin. Let’s put you in a zoo and throw stuff at you and laugh at your opinion because it’s a minority’s and you could seriously learn a thing or two because you’re not even half the man they are… you sad excuse of a human being,” one woman said.
The man’s comments represent a misguided and frankly dangerous train of thought that will only increase tensions in Malta.
As the entire world tries to get to grips with the casual murder of unarmed George Floyd in America, Maltese people don’t need to do look beyond their own shores before they are faced with just as ugly a truth in their own backyard.