Staunton, January 2 – Sociologists at the University of Portland and activists from the Coalition of Communities of Color have concluded that immigrants to the US from Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Poland and other Slavic countries are treated on a daily basis like non-Whites and thus must organize to demand their rights.
Some in both countries, echoing these findings, including a Vladivostok blogger (aleks070565.livejournal.com/7750397.html), are now suggesting that these immigrant communities need to work to form a “Slavic Lives Matter” organization on the model of the Black Lives Matter movement (newizv.ru/article/general/02-01-2021/belye-no-vtorogo-sorta-sotsiologi-ssha-priznali-slavyan-ugnetaemoy-etnicheskoy-gruppoy and mosmonitor.ru/articles/society/russkih_v_ssha_uravnyali_v_problemah_s_afroamerikantsami_priznali_tsvetnyim_menshinstvom
twitter.com/hashtag/slaviclivesmatter?lang=en), the group does not appear likely to take off not only because of opposition from the Coalition but also because the experiences of many Slavic individuals and groups in the United States contradicts the Portland conclusions.
But it is important to take note of for two reasons. On the one hand, such reporting will only deepen the divides between the US and the Slavic world, playing into the Kremlin narrative that Americans hate and despise Russians and other related groups as people rather than just opposed to the policies of their governments.
And on the other, the whole idea of “Slavic Lives Matter” is something that the Russian government itself may exploit in the US to further divide Americans and that Russian nationalists within the Russian Federation are likely to exploit to deepen divides between ethnic Russians and other groups.