Landecker Fellow Mamobo Ogoro recently wrote a short segment in Hot Press News for the magazine’s current issue 100 voices #AllAgainstRacism. Sharing her thoughts and experiences on racism in Ireland, she encourages society to engage their curiosity and express their shared sense of humanity for a more equitable society.
For Mamobo, “psychology tells us that it is human nature to discriminate.” Through this approach, she engages on the way our society has been evolutionarily wired to create in-group preferences. In this dynamic, she explains that conversations on racism in Ireland continue to be directed towards this dynamic of “us” vs “them,” racist vs not racist and privileged vs non-privileged.
Fuelling this system of power and privilege, Mamobo believes Ireland should choose how it frames conversations on race and racism by uplifting voices, building bridges and expressing shared humanity.
You can find the full segment on this Hot Press News page.
Mamobo is one of thirty 2021-2022 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.