Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation
Edited By Marion Kraft
Black Germans: Social Realities and Problems of a Neglected Minority (Bärbel Kampmann)
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Black Germans: Social Realities and Problems of a Neglected Minority1
52. Bärbel Kampmann. Courtesy of Harald Gerunde. ← 309 | 310 →
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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