“Correos is an anti-racist company,” said the spokesman who noted that the postal service does not usually specify when a campaign will end.
The stamps were meant to ‘reflect an unjust and painful reality’
The campaign launched during the EU effort European Diversity Month
, specifically on the one-year mark of George Floyd’s murder
. Correos partnered with the nonprofit Spanish Federation of SOS Racism on the campaign
, the postal service said in a comunicado de prensa
To promote the
,” Correos enlisted the help of Afro-Spanish rapper Domingo Edjang Moreno
, better known as El Chojin
. En un English-language ad for the collection
, Moreno says the stamps
“reflect an unjust and painful reality which should never exist.
Of the four shades of the “Equality Stamps,” the palest cost 1.60 euros (sobre $ 1.95), while the stamp of the darkest shade cost 0.70 euros, sobre 85 cents in the US.
“The darker the stamp, the lower its value,” Moreno said in the ad. “That means you’ll need more black stamps than white ones for your delivery. De esa manera, every letter and every parcel will be a reflection of the inequality generated by racism — a protest.”
Correos’ critics saw the stamps as feeding into racism rather than combating it. While the ad described the collection as an act of protest, “demanding that color should not determine the value we place on a person’s life,” the campaign ended up offending people of color in Spain, whom the ad targets, said Antumi Toasijé, president of the Council for the Elimination of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination.
“A campaign that outrages those it claims to defend is always a mistake
,” Toasijé tuiteó
a principios de esta semana. He urged Correos to suspend the stamp campaign
CNN has reached out to Moreno for comment on the campaign. A spokesperson for SOS Racism said the organization is “aware of the controversy” surrounding the stamps and is deciding its next steps.