#afrogermany – How white is Germany? | Afro.Germany | DW.COM | 10.03.2017 – “I’m a black man in a white world.” That’s how soul singer Michael Kiwanuka sums it all up. The western world is dominated by whites, and we whites aren’t even aware of that. We have suppressed memories of colonialism, which poisoned relations between white and people of color for a long time. German colonialism only plays a limited role in our school syllabuses, even though colonialism helped paved the way for National Socialism in a fatal and cynical way.
Colonialist clichés continue to poison the social climate even now, during the so-called refugee crisis. Nowadays, people of color living in Germany – Afro-Germans, refugees, or just people who look different – are facing even greater resentment, hostility, and sometimes even violence.
With our multimedia project “Afro.Germany,” headed by Susanne Lenz-Gleissner and Rolf Rische, we want to depict and question everyday racism – which can often be quite subtle. Only people of color come up in our documentary film “Afro.Germany,” directed by Jana Pareigis, Susanne Lenz-Gleißner and Adama Ulrich. They tell our Afro-German journalist Jana Pareigis about their experiences in Germany – their homeland or adopted country.