Oppressor or Oppressed?

How to Think Like a Proper Visegradnik

4 August 2020

Black Lives Matter is just another pretext to contemplate the relation of Central Europe to the West.

When statues started to be toppled in the American South, Bristol or Antwerp, one would have thought that Central Europeans were in a privileged position to understand what was being done.

As nations that still remember the removal of communist statues, they would know that demands for justice – as was the case of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement – also play at the symbolic level.

Equally, they would know that when the past is being discussed outside of academic ground or designated political institutions, the earth may tremble.

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Zuzana Kepplova

Columnist, writer and an editor of the opinion section at the leading Slovak newspaper, SME.

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