How racist is Germany

How racist is Germany?

Is Germany a Racist Country? Very few people see themselves as racists, but the discrimination is often subtle, as a 3sat documentary shows.

People with darker skin color often tell how shocked they were when they first noticed from questions and reactions from others that they were different and were not automatically considered part of German society. The documentary "The Power of Prejudices. Deliberately Unlearn Racism!" Is about subtle racism, ingrained prejudices and the question of how these manifest themselves. by Denise Dismer and John A. Kantara. The TV station 3sat will broadcast it on February 25th at 8.15 p.m.

Like other cultural behavior patterns, racist thought patterns are practiced very early on and reinforced by the media, say Dismer and Kantara. But because racism has been learned, it can be forgotten again, they hope. In sport, for example, discrimination is widespread.

The Afro-German Hanoverian and sports soldier Carlotta Nwajide, European champion in double sculls, for example, encounters racism everywhere. The 25-year-old is rowing for Germany at the top of the world. After her victory at the German championship, a coach commented on her victory with the words, "He can't imagine that the N-word can also row," Nwajide said indignantly.

But something changes, Dismer and Kantara show. You interview Karim Fereidooni, sociologist at the Ruhr University Bochum. More and more blacks or "Person of Color" - as a slightly German version of "People of Color" reads - protested, according to Fereidooni. Triggered by the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA, they took to the streets in Germany in the summer of 2020 and called for a discussion of structural racism.

Fereidooni also advises the Federal Ministry of the Interior on anti-Muslim racism. The documentary filmmakers accompanied him to a conversation with Michael Mertens from the police union in North Rhine-Westphalia. It was about the question of why predominantly "Muslim-looking" people were singled out during controls.

Mertens faces the IAT, the Implicit Association Test, from the USA to determine how things are going with his own prejudices. The test, as the social psychologists Juliane Degner and Iniobong Essien from the University of Hamburg vividly demonstrate, investigates the question of why the test subjects expressed less and less racist attitudes, but why the discrimination persists in practice.

Mertens test results certified him "strong automatic preference for whites over blacks", Fereidooni a "medium automatic preference for whites" and even the rower Nwajide a "medium preference for whites". She didn't want the result, she comments, but she wasn't surprised either. As a black woman, she simply wants "to have the same opportunities and opportunities as white people". It is not about taking something away from them; but in order to achieve equality, whites would have to "give up some of their privileges". All should start "from the same point" and "on the same level".

Dismer and Kantara show how subtle prejudices manifest themselves in society in other areas as well: The image search on Twitter and Google, for example, favors white people. And Bundesdruckerei's machines have so far failed to create biometric photos of black people. Discrimination in medicine is even more problematic. Many diseases would later be diagnosed "People of Color"; They were given lower-dose pain medication and were given less medical care, as the current Covid-19 pandemic shows.

Overall, Dismer and Kantara present a thought-provoking documentation. It gives an idea of ​​how long the rapprochement between people with different skin colors can still be. Afterwards, Gert Scobel will also discuss the topic of prejudice and racism at 9 p.m.

"The power of prejudice. Consciously unlearning racism!" Documentation by Denise Dismer and John A. Kantara. 3sat, Thursday, February 25th, 8.15pm - 9pm.