Why Black-Face Isn't Funny, a Simple Guide for Germans

I noticed the poster in the subway station about a month ago and shook my head in annoyance. I didn't go home and write a blog about it, I didn't complain to my husband and ask why, why, why? I just sighed and thought, "Man, this is getting so tired."

I have to confess, I've lowered my expectations. A lot. I have seen white people painted brown so often these last eleven years in Germany I've sort of gotten used to it in a passively disgusted way.

Then, a few days ago, I received an email from a black woman relatively new to Berlin who was upset by the poster (advertising a play in Berlin in which there is a black character played by a white actor) and the controversy it caused. But racial controversy rarely ever seems to change much here. Instead of apologies there are explanations as to why something isn't meant that way, articles debating whether or not the R word is applicable. . .and the usual, self-entitled response of the accused, I didn't mean to be offensive, therefore, it wasn't offensive. (is the previous post coming to anyone's mind?)

Because there appears to be no way to have a sophisticated discussion about why black-face is not acceptable, ever, let me try to break it down in simple terms:

* Black-face is an offensive depiction of black people that goes back to the 19th century American minstrel shows. Don't know about it? Get a book or just type it into Wikipedia. Even if the minstrel aesthetic is not being replicated, painting white people black/brown is still painfully reminiscent of this denigrating period. It's not funny. Ever. Don't go there. You come across as ignorant, racist and everyone will start blaming it on your history.

* If you have a black character. . .get a black person to play it. There is no excuse Germany, there are plenty of black Germans. Stop being lazy and get a casting director who has heard of Tyron Ricketts, Ernest Allan Hausmann, Charles Huber. . .

* Even if you think you're a smart investigative journalist who wants to know about the black experience in Germany, drop the brown make-up. Just ASK black people here what it's like being black in Germany. Save yourself the hours of make-up application and the ridicule you'll receive from your colleagues after your stunt.

* When you're caught being insensitive and offensive to a group of people who have been persecuted, try putting yourself in their shoes, not now, but during the period in history when they were being persecuted. Saying, "I wouldn't be offended if someone painted himself white?" is irrelevant because your ancestors were never slaves, were never depicted as apes raping white German women (don't know about that, then read about Die Schwarze Schmach), your ancestors were not considered to be partially human and, well, as I recommend in point 1, reading helps.

* It's tasteless.

* You already have a bad rap with all the anti-immigrant sentiment and reports coming out about how much anti-Semiticism there is here. Don't add fuel to the fire.

* By the way, black people aren't just black because of their/our skin color. Take a chance, dig deeper, accept that there are cultural, historical and societal experiences that might influence a black character in a way that your white fill-in can't.

*Stop asking "is there anything that isn't offensive. . .soon we won't be able to say anything without someone having a tantrum." Yes, you will have to start being culturally and racially sensitive and limit your fun to the Schlager TV Channel, FKK and drinking yourselves into oblivion when your favorite soccer team wins (or loses).

Photo: flickr


lifeexplorerdiscovery said...

I wonder if this kind of behavior is common in other European countries. If its a German thing, it definitely shows how little they've come or what few lessons they learned since WWII.

If its a European thing in general, it really shows how much they are disconnected from the minority people in their societies and uneducated about the world around them.

But you are preaching to the choir. They know its wrong. You don't have to have the kind of racial history the US has to know it either. In the end, the act of racism will be justified and you, the person objecting to it will merely be vilified for bringing it up.

Fighting racism in general is near impossible, but fighting it in an entirely different country, on a continent different from your own is completely impossible as far as I am concerned.

an evil german said...

"If its a European thing in general, it really shows how much they are disconnected from the minority people in their societies and uneducated about the world around them."
Hahahaha you are a funny american.

Perhaps you've not realised this but Germany is not the USA. We dont have the same history like you do. Same goes for the Netherlands or France or Switzerland. You might realise that most countries dont have the same history like the USA.

Yes there was slavery in the USA.
Later there were Minstrel Shows in the USA.
But what exactly is a Minstrel Show?
You probably think its a show where a white person gets a black face. No thats not it.
A Minstrel Show was a show where white people made fun of black people because they believed that they were inferior, stupid etc.

That is a Minstrel Show.
Its only reason is to make fun of black people.

Do you get that?

Now every january the so called "Sternsinger" go around from door to door to ask the people for money. This money goes to people in need. I think most of the time it goes to children in need. Even in africa.(yes we are that racist)

Now the "Sternsinger" are the biblical magi, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.
And guess what, one is black. So obviously one kid has black paint on the face.

Is it racist? Probably huh?

The problem with you americans is that you dont know the difference between "the world" and "the USA".
We dont have the same history like you do.

There is Blackface and black face.
The first one is racist while the second one isnt.

But let me guess its also racist to dress up as an indian(native american) or chinese on Carnival. Because quite obviously it doesnt show the truth.

But that we didnt learn from WW2 is true. Because as we all know we still operate death camps, shoot people in the woods, gas them. Yeah its still happening!

lifeexplorerdiscovery said...

Thank you "evil german" for proving everything I basically said.

Also, as I mentioned before, Europe not sharing America's history is no excuse for a blatant act of racism. The fact that you justify such a racist act is exactly why Germany, if not Europe itself, is very disconnected from the rest of the world.

And if you think Germany has learned its lessons simply because it doesn't march Jews off to death camps anymore, you are an extremely naive individual who clearly knows little about history and life itself, in general.

Grow up.

lifeexplorerdiscovery said...

And for the record, it is racist to dress up as an Indian or Chinese person when you paint your face red or yellow like I've seen done in the past on films.

What makes it so racist, something that should be obvious to anyone with half a brain, is that someone is painting their skin to match someone of another race, and then proceed to pretend to be such a person. Like the main post said: hire someone who is actually of that race. If you don't want to do that, then make the character white, not black. Its called common sense and human decency. Try it some time instead of justifying racism.

Gustav said...

I agree with the "conclusion" of the original post: If you're directing a play and there is a black person in it, get a black actor to play it. Simple as that.

I've got one question though: If blackface is considered racist in the US because there used to be racist ministrel shows in the US, does that necessarily make it racist everywhere else in the world?

And about the fun: I think that's quite rude. I don't need any soccer to drink myself into oblivion.

currents said...

@Gustav and evil german,

I do think that historical events in one country have something to do with another country. According to Evil German's logic, Americans could make fun of Jews because Americans didn't create the Holocaust? Really? And minstrel shows/depiction didn't just stay in the US! There were denigrating images of blacks in France, Germany and surely other parts of Europe because we know that nothing really stays in one country. When there were French-African soldiers stationed in the Rhine region after WWI, there were all kinds of scary depictions of black men who were dating German women and created the "schwarze schmach" or the shamed mixed children. There were posters about this and a film. Minstrel-type depiction was not a solely American phenomenom.

And think about the "Afro Germans" here now? Who are they? Aren't some of them half African American thanks to the American GIs who were stationed in Germany?

Humanity and the lack thereof is never isolated to any one place or time. This is why blackface is relevant even in Germany.

And thank you, Gustav, for getting the tongue in cheek humor that is known by blog readers.

Daniel said...

It's true that things never completely stay in one country, especially not when they happened in a cultural influential country like the US.
But I don't think you can expect people to know the details and symbols.
Almost every country has its own history of conflicts between races, ethnicities and religions. Do you know, what a Northern-Irish Catholic or Tibetan might find offensive?
I agree though, that it is a strange idea, to give a black role to a white person. And that it should occur to a person, that they might dread on thin ice, doing stuff like that.

Maya M said...

"I agree though, that it is a strange idea, to give a black role to a white person."
I disagree. White actors with dark make-up have played Othello for centuries, and nobody found anything strange or wrong with it. The very Wikipedia page of Othello shows a famous Russian actor.
It is clear that turning this character into a white one is not an option - it would ruin the play.
If I go to the theater to watch Othello, I know I would not be happy to see some gentleman with modest acting skills recruited just because of his Arab origin.
You'll say that theaters should hire GOOD Arab actors - how many theaters could afford this?
About whether this happens in other European countries - it happens in my country.
The play "The Man-Eateress" by Ivan Radoev includes a black character. For the first performances in 1978, an African student was recruited.
However, later this character was played by white actresses. Today, in the era of market economy, nobody would consider any other option.

an evil german said...


Yeah i really dont know anything about history or the world.

So tell me are the "Sternsinger" racist? After all its blackface in action.

What about the "Zwarte Piet" in the netherlands? An act that doesnt portray the person with the black face in any way as a slave, idiot or other racist way. Also its way older than the dutch colonial empire and therefore not connected to the slave trade.

And its racist to dress up as an indian or chinese? Wow. So what should we do about all the people during carnival? That must be some horrible event for you. All those racist people dressing up as other cultures. Oh the horror!

Also could you please stop using the word "race" on a topic about germany?
We dont use that kind of word around here. You know all that bad history with racial ideas during the 20th century. Thank you. :)

Also there arent enough black actors in germany who have the age for the role. Which somehow makes sense when you realise that there arent many black people in germany.
Should we now apologise for not enslaving enough black people to satisfy the need we now have?

an evil german said...

"Germany and surely other parts of Europe because we know that nothing really stays in one country."

There were no minstrel shows in germany. Iam really sorry.

We had "V├Âlkerschauen" were you could look at black people like in a zoo, but then again this kind of stuff existed in all of western europe and north america.

Sorry that we werent more evil than everyone else. :/
(this was also the first time most germans actually saw a black person in their life)

"When there were French-African soldiers stationed in the Rhine region after WWI, there were all kinds of scary depictions of black men who were dating German women and created the "schwarze schmach" or the shamed mixed children. There were posters about this and a film. Minstrel-type depiction was not a solely American phenomenom."

Dude there were slogans against dating french soldiers. Why do you single out the black soldiers?

Also you should probably read up on the history why the french werent really welcome.

"And think about the "Afro Germans" here now? Who are they? Aren't some of them half African American thanks to the American GIs who were stationed in Germany? "

No the african americans are a tiny fraction within the black people who live in germany. Most of the black people in germany are from africa. Its some continent in the south, not the west.

And US citizens dont count. Because they are US citizens and not german or EU citizens. If someone wants to live like in the USA he or she should probably do it there and not here.

currents said...

@evilracist Um, dude. . .because the posters had black soldiers made to look like apes holding up screaming white women, that's why. . .they weren't just against the French. The Black Disgrace wasn't referring to the French part of those soldiers' identity. And I have seen Sambo figurines all over Germany that have been collected here for decades. And, thanks, have read my German history.

I don't buy that there aren't enough black actors for a role that is. . . .AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN. . .it's absurd.

Why all the excuses? Evil racist, you seem to be hell bent on proving a point and not acknowledging how a group of people can feel offended? Just because you don't think it's offensive doesn't mean that it isn't? Gee, that attitude is really tolerant and gives me hope that people are able to respect differences and show sensitivity. Congratulations.

Daniel said...

Even if you should have a point somewhere under all your outrage.
You're not helping yourself or anybody else.
You really should take it down a few notches, even if you feel provoked by a judgemental comment.

lifeexplorerdiscovery said...

Evil German, you can keep making up excuses, but it doesn't change anything I said or what Rose-Anne has said. You just come off as intent on proving my entire point. Way to represent.

alex said...

Minstrel shows were not racist because the actors had some paint on their skin but because of what they were portraying. Since blackfacing is mostly associated with minstrel shows IN THE US it became a social taboo. In the US.

But there is a difference between the act of racism (minstrel shows) and its associated taboos (blackface). The former is universal, the latter is limited to a specific cultural and historical context.

There's still a question no one has answered. Are the Sternsinger racist?

Anonymous said...

Did you actually see the play?

currents said...

Hi Alex,

The Sternsinger might have a good cause but their get up is old- fashioned, limited in scope and, yes, brings a bad taste to my mouth. It's like being told by a German pastor once that I was not what he or others might expect when they see my black face? Nice guy, but what kind of sentiment is that?

It's interesting because there were educated Germans also upset by the blackface issue and I wonder why they find it cringeworthy, even though they're not American? Maybe because they think about the world as interconnected? Maybe because they're better read? Maybe because they also see the depiction as a taboo? I have met Dutch people who think Schwarze Peter is also an embarrassing relic of their culture. So clearly the people feeling the taboo are not only Americans. The protests of the play on Facebook pages and so forth are not being led by Americans, as far as I understand.

I am intrigued by the resistance to accepting that this behavior might be offensive. Even if one takes away the minstrel history how many times have black characters (universally) been turned into caracatures? And why is the understanding of black characters so superfically understood as simply painting the skin black/brown? So should a white person playing a Chinese role paint his skin "yellow" and use slanted eye make up? Is that convincing of the character? Do black characters playing roles that could be played by white people have to paint their skin white to be accepted as a white character? It is extremely short sighted, unauthentic and downright silly to paint a white German man brown and tell us to accept him as a black American character from New York? No, I haven't seen the play because I don't want to support this. Even if the character isn't doing a silly dance and acting the fool (as I'm sure he is not) it is culturally offensive to me to watch a German man painted brown. The premise is also an insult to my intelligence.

Anonymous said...

Is it also racism when I drive a black Car as a white Person, or should I better not use the word black, should I better say very dark car... Guys, me as a German white Person who is and was always respectfull to all people I met in my entire life, hurts this discussion very much, you shouldn' t put to much meaning in things like doing a black face. We live in a world in which quiet every Country has to fight against racism, religion wars, and whatever... So please stop telling us, that a little boy or girl with a black face is racism.

Anonymous said...

By the Way, you Guys in America make funny Movies about Siamese twins, this Not Even better

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lifeexplorerdiscovery said...

Anonymous, I suggest you reread Rose Anne's post very carefully as she explains it very nicely why blackface is wrong. Listen to the minority people when they are telling you something is wrong. Racism doesn't have to be violent to be destructive. So it is best to stop trying to use that as an excuse to not do anything about it.

Justifying a racist act makes you no better than the person who commits the act. Connect to your community instead of telling minorities what they can and can't take offense to. Listen and learn instead of mocking black people like a very disrespectful, close-minded, disconnected individual.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand that such a beautiful Lady as you are can be so angry (if its you on the picture)! I don't think I can write anything which is close to that what you want to hear, sorry... Have a good and wonderful life without any hatred...

Anonymous said...

@Evil german, Alex and Anonymous: I have a question.

Let us assume you have a very good friend whose name is Christian Cesar. Let us assume that, in order to show your affection, you sometimes like to call your friends by their initials. So you start calling your good friend Christian Cesar "CC". When you find out that Christian dislikes being called "CC" because he reminds him of the word "cissy". What do you do? a). continue to refer to him as "CC" and try to convince him that "CC" is a term of endearement or b). use his real name because your friend does not like the nickname you selected for him. The debate about blackface is somewhat similar.

@non-American readers (i.e. Nigerian, Kenyan, Haitian, or other Africans/Caribbeans): I have a question.

Is blackface considered offensive in your place of origin? I am curious to know because I had to learn from Americans (Blacks and Whites) that blackface is considered offensive in the American culture for historical reasons. The most famous incident is that of Harry Connick Jr., who was a guest judge on an Australian variety show and was shocked/offended at a blackface skit. The Australian variety show host later apologized for the skit.

@Gustav and Daniel: Here is a funny article that may or may not offend you.



Anonymous said...

yes you are right, it doesn't offend me. lets see if this is offending you, i guess not.

how to offend americans:
-say fuck or any other swear word in front of their children,
-Film your little Kid in a play, where other children are also in
or in an football game, or else
-remove your bra in public
-be nude on the beach
-say: stop the waist of electricity and all other energies
- use a bike or go by foot instead of driving next door with your car
-say, shut off your car, while going to the grocery's and don't let it run for hours, because it's cold outside

this is just a small list, i could go on and on.
the point is, every culture has it's differences, and thats good about every culture. it would be a horror trip if anybody would be the same.

The difference is, that I know that not all americans are stupid or racists or else, but you guys always say germans, I bet most of you have german relatives what makes it even harder for me to understand what this is about!

when I studied in the states, there was party once, a guy came up to and asked me: is it true, that you have a lot of nazies in germany, I said, yes, but not as much as the states have - the guy was very surprised and was offended by this statement -funny isn't it.
please guys think gefore you talk

alex said...


@ Currents

"I am intrigued by the resistance to accepting that this behavior might be offensive."

I do accept that this behaviour might be offensive but I don't agree with that it is an act of racism, as lifeexplorerdiscovery put it. Racism is sterotyping a person or a group of people on the grounds of their nationality, ethnicity, religion or cultural background, and blackfacing alone does not qualify for that in my opinion. That's why I drew a difference between the actual act of racism and its associated taboos.

Blackfacing, for which there isn't even a German word, is not associated with minstrel shows over here (since most average educated Germans have never heard about them) or any other forms of humiliating theater. If at all, it's associated with Karnelval or the Sternsinger. It's basically a form of harmless dressing-up, and in my opinion there's no problem if it's practiced that way, like for example the Sternsingers do. However it does become a problem if racial stereotypes are being portrayed.

As for the play, I fully agree with you that they should have hired a black person and I support your arguments. Though I don't think it's culturally offensive towards black people in general, but it's discriminating against black actors. The directors were ignorant.

I also agree with you about G├╝nther Wallraff. He is really a good example of how not to do it.

Gustav said...


It did not.
I might even have chuckled a bit but I'm kinda tired. Also, I've already read it a couple of days ago. It's a small Internet.

lifeexplorerdiscovery said...

Anonymous, claiming other people are full of hatred for calling you out on your support for racism is nothing but trying to deflect everything off of you. You are making excuses for supporting a wrong. If you want to support a racist act, then go ahead and say, "I support racism" rather than try to act like you are not guilty and try to turn everyone who objects to racism into the villain.

I hope one day you will see the error of your ways and start listening to minorities rather than support the racists who aim to hurt them.

currentsbetweenshores.blogspot.com said...

@Anonymous(second one-possible there is more than one anonymous here), the offense I take to your "ways to offend an American" is that your list is based on stereotypes. Not walking next door instead of driving? Really? And do Germans appreciate it when you say "ficken" in front of their children? That is ridiculous and silly and not a very helpful contribution to the discussion here. And calling a black car is not offensive but calling it a Negerauto might be. But you clearly don't see the difference. You are so busy ridiculing that it's clear you're unable to understand the valid points that were brought up here, including by Germans.

I don't believe I said anywhere in this post that all Germans are racist. But this is how you choose to interpret it and all I can do is turn that around and ask you "Are all Germans racist?" I certainly didn't say it, so why are you saying it's being implied? It appears that the heavy chip on your shoulder is speaking a bit louder than your brain. No offense. . .

Anonymous said...

@ the nay-sayers in the comment post.

As an American living in Germany, I am sorry to say that these portions of these responses represent the majority of conversations I've heard on the topic of race in this country. It doesn't bode well for a positive impression of the country.

The complete resistance to "being wrong", utter fright of "not being perfect" and nervousness of "not knowing" takes over many people's minds. You may choose to be closed on the street, closed on the U-bahn, closed to your neighbors - whatever. Your choice. But when it comes to conversations which are sensitive, deep and important, have some respect. Try, even if only for a second, to step out of yourself and your ego and into another's shoes.

We see through your insecurity, which is why people are trying to be patient and reason with your insults. But really, truthfully, you need to step up out of those low places. Be a better version of yourself. One that your children would respect.

Sharon said...

To me it is sad to read that such a valuable discussion about the different aspects of what could, might or does offend us human beings (living in various cultural environments) is reduced to "The Germans" or "The Americans" - maybe it is good way to simply start talking about oneself instead of thinking you know how a whole nation behaves. What is it that "I"- as an American - or "I" as a German, experience...Also I miss some more creative input on the aspects of what would you change if you knew it would be easy to fight racism?

Anonymous said...

"The American" from above in response to Sharon.

Identifying myself as an American is not meant to speak for America, but does inform the reader of my inherent and flavored perspective, and also sheds light on the fact that I come from a country where our history has forced us to have such difficult conversations for a longer period of time. Therefor, it would be wise to listen to the author of this article when she says it's harmful as well as other American's perspectives on this topic.

Fighting racism is never easy. That is not the expectation. As someone who has actively fought to combat racism, both on a professional level and personal level, in America and Germany, I can say with a certain amount of authority that the 'lack of sensitivity' (to say it kindly) towards these topics in Germany is a severe and serious problem.

I am the first to admit that the US has serious problems with racism. There is much work to be done. However, with that being said, Germany is on a whole other level. Hiding behind "German directness" as a means of escaping the responsibility of political correctness ie.basic respect for equal treatment, is one point that runs rampant. The other is flat out denial.

Regarding cultural generalizations....true, generalizations can not be applied to all, however there is such a thing as culture, cultural beliefs, and common cultural behaviors which is what I and others are commenting on. If one is on the outside of the cultural mass, I enthusiastically applaud them and remind them it brings responsibility to reflect on the collective not dismiss the presence or the power of the collective.

Looking forward to hearing a response :)

alex said...

Dear anonymous posters, could you please type in a name? It's getting a little confusing. Just select 'Name/Url' in the box below.

@ Anonymous American

"You may choose to be closed on the street, closed on the U-bahn, closed to your neighbors - whatever. Your choice. But when it comes to conversations which are sensitive, deep and important, have some respect. Try, even if only for a second, to step out of yourself and your ego and into another's shoes."

How about you try the same? You're basically trying to impose the American standard of political correctness on us without acknowledging the historical and cultural differences between our countries. This comes across a bit arrogant and provoces comments like the ones from 'evil german'.

You see, we have both been socialized in different cultural environments and therefore might have a different perception of the same things. If you see a blacked-up person you immediately think of minstrel shows. If I see a blacked-up person I immediately think of Karneval.

As long as we don't acknoledge these differences there's no point in discussing this issue any further.

Anonymous said...

@ alex

Actually, I don't see "minstrel shows" in this photo, I see disregard and insensitivity.

Racism is not rational. It's emotional. It doesn't have to conjure up an exact historical reference in order to be valid or understood. One just has to sense what it may be/feel like for the person on the other side. It's called empathy.

The U.S. doesn't own "political correctness" nor equal treatment, nor empathy. You would be hard pressed to find a poster such as this in England, New Zealand, Australia, Canada etc. Why not be shocked that this is happening in Germany instead of building up excuses?

Regarding my first comment, which you took out of context, the overarching point is that I am not asking you to change your culture or behavior, this is a whole other thing that is expected of you in order for all of us to live in a mutually supportive and just world. Yes, I was more harsh than I usually am and I apologize for that. Some of the comments above are in fact that disturbing.

rather calm evil german said...

"Blackfacing, for which there isn't even a German word, is not associated with minstrel shows over here (since most average educated Germans have never heard about them) or any other forms of humiliating theater. If at all, it's associated with Karnelval or the Sternsinger."

And thats about it.
But i learned a few things.

The Sternsinger are racist. Dressing up on carnival as different "races"(uh how i hate that word) also is.

I wonder how some would see the world if they'd realise that political correctness varies from country to country.
For example melons and black people in australia, hilarious USA!

Alexander said...

As a theatre artist I have great respect and awe for the legacy of Germany theatre, especially Berlin. I mean, my god, this is where Bertolt Brecht created theatre. Since living here, as an actor & writer who happens to be black, I am stunted at how ignorant and shallow the response to this criticism is. The denial is just that "denial"

But also as a theatre artist I want to take it in a slightly different direction. Let's forget about the blatantly racist aspect and just focus on the artistic integrity of it. As Stanislavski said, "Generality is the enemy of all art” Truth, specificity & authenticity are the hallmarks of great art and nowhere is this more evident than in the theatre where all our senses (hearing, sight, smell and sometimes even touch) as well as our collective cultural consciousness and humanity are in positive cahoots to create an experience that is quite unlike any other art form. And it is this collusion that the theatre artist is responsible for nurturing.

In some ways the truth of theatre is simple; what you see is what you get. When I see a white man with black or brown grease paint smeared on his face, I am not seeing a black man; I am seeing a white man with black or brown grease paint smeared on his face. The argument that “we wanted to do the play but did not have a black actor” rings disingenuous because in fact you “did not” really want to do the play. The play is about the interactions between a White man (a Jewish man to be exact) and a Black man; not between a Jewish man and a White man in black grease paint.
What you see is what you get. Even reactions to the poster bear that out.

If you want to do a play about a Jewish man and White man in black grease paint then find or write a play about a Jewish and a White man in black grease paint. The play I Am Not Rapport is about race; have the artistic integrity to tell the truth!

Afro meets Euro said...

i recently watched a documentary on TV about a white undercover journalist trying to pass himself off as a black man, so he could get to understand the plight of being an afro man in germany. Gosh!! it was ridiculious to see this....and i was so so mad watching him trying to act "black" with all the cliches. I found this really sad that a TV station will run such "crap"....and the sad part is most of the viewers truely believe that is what an afro man is about....what a shame. My husband found it ridiculous too because through me he knows much more about the afro community and culture.


Havva said...

I know I am very late to this. But even before reading the comment section I knew what most of the German commenters would say.
Fact is that a lot of Germans have an air of entitlement about them. You can tell them that something is racist and hurtful to you but they'll keep using that word/practice/tradition because they know better. They know better than any POC what is racist or hurtful. 'Don't be so oversensitive' is the only response you'll get most of the time.
Racism isn't necessarily violent or intentional. Something I think the majority of Germans will never understand.

Anonymous said...

I have a suggestion. Get thicker skin. You deserve no apology.

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