Heine Discusses Racism with Revista Universitaria

Star Brown holding caution tape during a Boston protest of the murder of George Floyd on May 31. (BU Today)

Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was recently interviewed by Revista Universitaria, a publication of Chile’s Catholic University, on the issue of racism and how to combat it.

In the interview, published as article in the latest issue of the university magazine titled “An active anti-racism would be most welcome,” Heine discusses discusses the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, as well as the ensuing protests and demonstrations against racism that took place around the world. Drawing on his professional experience in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, Heine reflects on the nature of racism and its many manifestations.

Heine emphasizes that active antiracism is imperative around the world. In his comments, he points to New Zealand and the way it has integrated the Maori population into the national mainstream as a relevant model for Chile and other Latin American countries tackling racial and social justice issues.

The full interview can be read here.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007) and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more on him here.