Western news outlets have been criticised by coverage of the Ukraine war deemed ‘racist’. Many journalists appear to have not shied away from the fact that they are treating Ukrainian civilians and refugees in a very different light to other war-torn countries, slightly further away.
Considered side by side with media coverage of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Yemen, the contrast is stark. The reason behind this appears to be that those affected in this case are European and “white”. Indeed one reporter for NBC News claimed this openly, stating: “These are not refugees from Syria, these are refugees from Ukraine… They’re Christian, they’re white, they’re very similar [to us].” The implications here are quite shocking.
Neighbouring countries of Ukraine, and further afield, have displayed admirable behaviour in opening up their borders and welcoming those fleeing from their country.