Spanish ‘anti-racist’ stamps offer lower worth to darker ones

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    This photo released by Spain's postal service Correos on Friday May 28, 2021, shows a set of four stamps to signify different skin-colored tones. Spain???s postal service is feeling a backlash from its well-intentioned effort to highlight racial inequality. The company this week issued a set of four stamps in different skin-colored tones. The darker the stamp, the lower the price. The postal service calls them ???Equality Stamps??? and launched them on the first anniversary of George Floyd???s murder in Minneapolis. It said the stamps ???reflect an unfair and painful reality that shouldn???t be allowed.??? The state-owned company???s goal was to ???shine a light on racial inequality and promote diversity, inclusion and equal rights.??? But critics are accusing it of having a tin ear for racial issues and misreading Black sentiment. (Correos via AP)

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    The ‘equality stamps’ were presented on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder (Picture: AP)

    The Spanish postal service’s effort to highlight racial inequality has actually enormously backfired.

    State-owned Correos Espana today released a set of 4 stamps in various skin-coloured tones, presented on the anniversary of George Floyld’s murder.

    But individuals weren’t too delighted to discover that the lightest colour ones were the most pricey, costing 1.60 euros (£1.37), compared to 0.70 euros (60p) for the darkest.

    The postal service stated the stamps ‘reflect an unfair and painful reality that shouldn’t be permitted’ which every letter or parcel sent out with them would ‘send a message against racial inequality’.

    But while the objective of Correos Espana was to ‘promote diversity, inclusion and equal rights’, critics have actually implicated the business of having a tin ear for racial concerns and misreading the belief of black individuals in Spain.

    Antumi Toasije, a historian who heads the federal government’s Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination, prompted the postal service to stop offering the stamps.

    He tweeted: ‘A campaign that outrages those it claims to defend is always a mistake.’

    The postal service’s effort has actually divided Spanish anti-racism activists. While the nationwide SOS Racism Federation backed it, the organisation’s Madrid area put reject on the effort.

    Correos Espana’s project was released throughout European Diversity Month in partnership with Spain’s nationwide SOS Racism Federation.

    The postal service’s effort has actually divided Spanish anti-racism activists. While the nationwide SOS Racism Federation backed it, the organisation’s Madrid area put reject on the effort.

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    It stated the project assists hide the structural nature of bigotry and perpetuates the concept of black inability.

    The Madrid department included that the oversight showed the requirement for more racially conscious individuals in decision-making positions at business.

    This is not the very first time the Spanish postal service has actually looked for to make a declaration on social concerns.

    Last June, to accompany LGBT Pride Month, it released an unique stamp and painted its shipment vans and mail boxes in rainbow colours.

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