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Children of the Liberation

Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation

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Edited By Marion Kraft

This volume was originally published in German in 2015, commemorating the end of World War II seventy years earlier and acknowledging the contribution of African American soldiers to Germany’s liberation from fascist rule. Using an interdisciplinary approach, it collects the voices of some of the descendants of these World War II heroes. In this volume, Black Germans of this post-war generation relate and analyse their experiences from various perspectives. Historical, political and research essays alongside life writing, interviews and literary texts form a kaleidoscope through which a new perspective on an almost forgotten part of German history and US American–German relationships is conveyed. The collection explores causes and consequences of racism in the past and in the present as well as developing strategies for achieving positive changes.
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Black Germans: Social Realities and Problems of a Neglected Minority (Bärbel Kampmann)

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BÄRBEL KAMPMANN

Black Germans: Social Realities and Problems of a Neglected Minority1



52.  Bärbel Kampmann. Courtesy of Harald Gerunde. ← 309 | 310 →

Introduction

We are currently experiencing the world’s greatest turmoil since the end of the war. This includes migratory movements as well as their direct and indirect effects, such as racism and right-wing extremism. In fact, all of Europe has been confronted with an increase in racism and violent racist attacks. Among other things, racism fulfills the function of maintaining the principle of “divide and rule” by mobilizing people of different social backgrounds against marginalized groups. This mechanism can be clearly observed in reunited Germany. This nation-state, one of the richest in the world, which can maintain its supremacy only through the exploitation of the so-called Third World, has an extraordinary interest in distracting the public’s attention from political failures, false promises and social deprivation. Instead, an ideology has been constructed that attributes social deprivation and the threat of the loss of prosperity to migrants and refugees. The fact that racists who attack these groups do not ask to check passports, but attack all those who “visibly” appear to belong to a minority, is grounded in a concept of “race” based on the fiction of the purity of “whiteness”, as well as the conviction that non-white people are inferior. In the existing social situation, I believe that it is necessary for everyone to take...

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