Oma Akatugba : I Experienced Racial Profiling In Italy

Football journalist Oma Akatugba has opened up on the type of racial treatment on Black people in Italy npflupdates reports.

The seasoned journalist revealed there’s still.high rate of racism in Italy. He publicised this act through a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle Thursday morning.

Recall Oma was in Italy on Tuesday evening to see a UEFA Champions League match between Napoli and AC Milan. He was there as sports journalist and also as a supporter of striker, Victor Osimhen.

And according to the reporter, security personnel in Italy give preferential treatment on White people than the Blacks.

According to him, security checks at the Milan Linate Airport will search stop Blacks for search and questioning. But will allow Whites pass freely and at will.

Oma Akatugba Experience Racial Profiling In Italy

“At the Milan Linate Airport, I passed security checks. As I walked towards the gates, two policemen stationed in front of the security check stopped a Black man. Dressed in a Senegalese kaftan.

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“As I approach them, I see two other police men take him into their office. I get to them and they stopped me. He all asked for passport, ‘ I don’t have it with me here. I responded’. ‘Ok your ID he asked’. I brought out my ID and he asked where I live, ‘Germany’ I responded.

“And he asked again, ‘how much do you have on you?’ Weird question. But I answered with ‘I am broke, I don’t have 1 cent’.

Oma Akatugba explain racial profiling in Italy
Oma Akatugba with Pep Guardiola

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“I immediately said I am a football journalist, I came here for Inter Vs Benfica. And I pulled out my phone and showed him a video of @AndreyOnana and I, and he went ‘oh nice.’

“And handed me my Id and asked who I think would win the champions league. I said Manchester City and he said bye.

Black People Experience Racial Profiling A Lot In Italy

“And I moved a bit away but stood to see the next person they would stop. Low and behold it was a black lady, while others were passing. They interrogated her and she left.

“Before she left, they showed her something on their phone. So I wondered if they were looking for a black person. I accosted her and asked her what they asked her. Before she responded, I said, do you know they are stopping only black people? She said ‘yes, this happens a lot in Italy.’

“It’s really sad. I am surprised because I don’t see this that much in Germany. I see them stop both black and white and not based on colour. ‘That’s what happens here a lot,’ she said and I waved her goodbye. Italy generally still has terrible racism issues. It’s bad!!”

It’s still bad that, racial abuse and treatment is still the other of the day in some European countries.

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