#AfricansinUkraine: A Critical Race Theory Perspective of Racism in Times of Crisis


  • Randi Sempala MacEwan University


This presentation will take a critical race theory perspective to analyze the effects of and responses to racism in times of crisis. The background underlying this presentation comes from the social media outcry that emerged during the beginning of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict of #AfricansinUkraine. This call to action occurred after African students and diasporans living in Ukraine experienced discrimination and anti-black sentiment at the border to exit like the other refugees. Feeling unheard, these black refugees took to social media to raise awareness of their plight to gain the aid, funding, and support that was lacking as they ran towards safety in neighbouring countries.

Department: Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Gulayets