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Black lives matterAnti-racism: The can we in the everyday life to do

Racism is still present not only in the USA. Here in Germany too, racism is a big problem. In the last few days in particular, many have been concerned with the question: What can I do about it? The first step: find out more.

If you want to take action against racism now, you should first find out about racism, colonial history and your own privileges, advises Deutschlandfunk-Nova reporter Anh Tran. Even if it is exhausting and can be uncomfortable at times.

"There is no easy way to deal with your own racism. Checking privileges, checking yourself, recognizing problematic behaviors always hurts, and it did me too."
Fabienne Sand, columnist and activist

A certain defense mechanism is normal, says Anh Tran. But basically it is not about individual persons, but about the fact that the system itself is racist - and we are all part of it.

In the book "Exit racism" the author Tupoka Ogette devotes an entire chapter to this defense mechanism. Because if your own self-image of not acting racially collides with a racist reality, it can make you angry at first. This anger can also be brief, says Tupoka Ogette. But then the question should follow: Why am I angry? Why is that attacking me?

In addition to information, anti-racism also includes specific actions, says Anh Tran. We can do that by participating in demos or supporting petitions. But also by donating. The Black People Initiative in Germany, for example, campaigns against racial profiling and for the renaming of racist street names.

"Sort through who are you following and who are not following? Which pictures do you see and what do you not see? Do you only see white people or do you also see black people? Do you see people who have Serbian, Turkish, Bosnian, Vietnamese backgrounds "Try to be as diverse and colorful as possible."
Malcolm Ohanwe, journalist

Above all, we can listen to black and non-white perspectives, says Anh Tran. By reading books, listening to podcasts and following anti-racist social media channels. Here she has put together some tips for you:

Anti-Racism to Hear (Podcasts):

  • Canakian wave
  • Rice and Shine
  • Harshly unfair
  • Half catofl
  • Am i pissed off
  • Fire & bread
  • Realists

Anti-racist audio and non-fiction books:

  • Exit Racism - Tupoka Ogette
  • What white people don't want to hear about racism but should know - Alice Hasters
  • Germany black and white - Noah Sow
  • Black Feminism - Natasha A. Kelly

Novels by BiPoC:

  • Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
  • Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Human child - Toni Morrison
  • Swing Time - Zadie Smith
  • Brothers - Jackie Thomae

Anti-racist initiatives:

...also:

  • Give space to black perspectives, so ask yourself: who do I share, do I let speak, do I invite?
  • To demonstrate
  • Sign petitions