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RACISM AGAINST BLACKS IS A GROWING TREND IN EUROPE
Global News Digest
AP News, Newsweek International, Globe & Mail (South Africa)
June 10, 2006

by Obi Akwani, MGV Editor

From Russia to Germany to Denmark and Austria, and from France to Britain, people of color are facing increasing trends in racism that make life far more difficult and hazardous than for the average citizen in any of these countries.

Russia

In Russia, dark-skinned people, especially blacks and people of African origin face a growing trend in race-based violence.

According to some recent AP news reports Africans in Russian cities are often afraid to go out in public for fear of being attacked or k!lled.

The situation began to go bad for non-Caucasians in post-Soviet Russia in the mid 1990s.

Late last year several African students were attacked on the streets of St Petersburg by people described as "a group of youths." On the same night, in the same street on two separate occasions, two students were attacked. One was k!lled and the other escaped with serious injuries.

Survival for non-white people in Russia means that they must learn how to behave themselves in order not to become casualties of the raging wave of racism in the nation's cities. For Africans in Russian cities this has come to mean knowing where they can go and when it is safe to go there.

Gabriel Anicet Kochotfa, who came to Russia 25 years ago as a student from Benin in West Africa, is an academic and professor at the Gubkin Oil and Gas Institute. Staying alive in Russia for him means never using public transit and always making sure he is home by 9 p.m. Kochotfa's wife is a Russian, but they must often appear separately in public in order to avoid the verbal abuses that are thrown at them whenever the bi-racial couple goes out together.

"Sometimes I even go to the shop with my wife and we go separately, so nobody knows that we are together... I'm a very lucky person. I have never been aggressed, because I know where to go, when to go and how to behave myself," Kochotfa is quoted by the AP.

In 2005, more than 15 people were k!lled in racially motivated attacks. A year before that there were 44 such slayings, according to the Moscow Bureau of Human Rights.

Germany

The situation in Germany is not very different. In April 2006, a 37-year-old Ethiopian engineer was beaten into a coma in Potsdam. News reports described his injuries from the beating as "unusual in their severity."

Such attacks are increasingly common in Germany. In recent weeks police have made arrests in connection with such brutal attacks on Africans and other dark-skinned people in Berlin, Wisner and other cities. Africans know certain areas in the eastern part of Berlin, such as Marzahn and Hellersdorf, as "no-go" areas where they are certain to be attacked or k!lled.

Police statistics show a 19 percent increase in racist violence by people described as members of the far right. Last year, there were 958 such acts recorded, up from 776 in 2004.

The bad situation is compounded by the fact that Germans, in general, seem unwilling to accept the depth of racism in their society. As a result, those who should are not very eager to speak very frankly about it. The situation is so bad that many Africans who spoke to the press about racism in Germany refused to give their full names for fear of reprisals.

These fears were highlighted last month when Uwe-Karsten Heye, a former government minister, lamented the fact -- in a radio interview -- that people with dark skin "might not make it out alive" if they dared set foot in certain towns, especially in the Bradenburg region around Berlin. About the same time an African-German organization offered to publish a list of "no-go" areas for the benefit of World Cup visitors. Public response, both to Heye's statement and the African group's offer, was highly critical and disfavorable, to say the least.

The tendency to downplay racism directed at blacks and other people of color while highlighting threats represented by neo-Nazism and right-wing violence is not only a German phenomenon. All across Europe, the emphasis seems always to be on the right-wing as a fringe non-representative element, and on that basis officials make their explanations of incidents of racism in society. People of color all over Europe are saying, as strongly as they can, that such responses are not adequate.

United Kingdom and The Netherlands

In Britain where a black teen was k!lled last July with an ax embedded in his skull by white men "shouting racist taunts," the focus of media and government is -- as in other European centers -- not on endemic racism in society, but on right wing extremism.

The tendency to downplay racism against blacks in society is belied by the way officialdom reacts when immigrant minorities are caught on the wrong side of the law.

Take the case of Hirsi Ali, the prominent Somali-born former Dutch lawmaker who was stripped of her citizenship for admittedly lying in her immigration application. Her conviction and loss of citizenship led to a copycat case in Germany last month when a Nigerian was stripped of his German citizenship -- held since 2000 -- for allegedly lying about his employment record during immigration application.

Africans and other dark-skinned minorities in Europe know too well how deeply rooted the racism in society is. They are also aware of how difficult it is to penetrate the consciousness of the average European with this fact.

"All we hear is right wing, right wing, right wing," says Eritrean-German Jonas Endrias, vice president of the International League of Human Rights. "The Germans won't admit there is racism in society."

World Cup Soccer

Germany is hosting the World Cup Soccer Games beginning this month and there are fears that racist may use that opportunity to attack non-white visitors, or even players, during the games.

Over the last few years, as African soccer stars increasingly play for European clubs, making racial taunts at them has become a favorite thing for fans in Europe.

In February this year, Samuel Eto'o, the Barcelona striker from Cameroon threatened to walk off the field at the 77th minute after enduring racial taunts from Spanish soccer fans for much of the game. He was persuaded to play on by teammates as Barcelona went on to beat opponent, Zaragoza, 2-0 in their Madrid game.

African-German groups and other anti-racism campaigners see the World Cup games as an opportunity to bring world attention to an issue most Europe seem eager to downplay.

Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, defended her country's preparedness for the World Cup at the same time as she downplayed concerns about racism in Germany. Merkel, in a statement, described the racist attacks as not typical. "The overwhelming majority of people in our country are open to foreigners," she said.

That may be so. But so long as those 'foreigners' are unable to live peacefully and safely in Germany as native Germans do, there is a big problem.


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Obi O. Akwani is the editor of IMDiversity's Minorities' Global Village and the author of Winning Over Racism and the novel, March of Ages. He is a Nigerian Canadian. He lives in Cornwall, Ontario Canada.

IMDiversity.com is committed to presenting diverse points of view. However, the viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at IMD.

And I thought europe was less more chill on the race thing then america, I guess not.

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 06-15-2007, 03:30 PM         #2
WSH Redskins 
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fu*kin europeans
 06-15-2007, 03:37 PM         #3
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^

Any comments from the European posters? I know this has been a hot bed topic the past few weeks...the general consensus has been that racism is an American problem, I disagreed. Now there's evidence to support the theory.
 11 years ago '05        #4
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This article is over a YEAR old, & every other point in it can be rubbished.
 06-15-2007, 03:43 PM         #5
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 WSH Redskins said:
fu*kin europeans
Your avy is as racist as anything in that article, so shut the fu*k up
 11 years ago '05        #6
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more than half this world is racist...sh*t is disgusting
 11 years ago '05        #7
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thank god im white in america.. thank god i dont gotta deal with any of that bullsh*t
 11 years ago '04        #8
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 CalcuoCuchicheo said:
This article is over a YEAR old, & every other point in it can be rubbished.
Who cares if the article is over a year old? Do you really think there's magically been a significant change in only a year? In order to stop these disgusting acts of racism you have to admit that it is a problem. If you just down play this issue then nothing will be done.
 06-15-2007, 04:04 PM         #9
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 Opm said:
thank god im white in america.. thank god i dont gotta deal with any of that bullsh*t
"Being indifferent is siding with the oppressor."
 06-15-2007, 04:08 PM         #10
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I have to agree with the article that most Europeans feel that racism doesn't exist, when it actually does. Just like Americans when it comes to slavery, the same can be said about this issue too.
 06-15-2007, 04:10 PM         #11
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 stickemup said:
you can't categorize europe as one big country

you can't categorize europe as one big country

you can't categorize europe as one big country

you can't categorize europe as one big country

you can't categorize europe as one big country

let me say it now

but I think soccer has always been racist..... one of the reasons why I don't like it

as for Russia..... seriously it's really big...... and still, in the western world who knows what's going on there? it's so damn big but wtf is happening there?

No, football (soccer) it's not racist and get you're facts straight. Most European teams (and powerhouse teams) have some of their stars that are black and you only speaking about the moronic ultra that give all of us fans a bad name. Get it right a**hole and don't generalize a whole fu*king sport because of a small group. There is a reason why football (soccer) is the #1 sport in the world.
 11 years ago '05        #12
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 JugernoT said:
Who cares if the article is over a year old? Do you really think there's magically been a significant change in only a year? In order to stop these disgusting acts of racism you have to admit that it is a problem. If you just down play this issue then nothing will be done.
I thought this was the "news" section, sorry.

Do you know what the word, "new" means?? Now try & make the connection between that & the word, "news".


Anyway, there need not be a "significant change" when the article is blinkered. "OMG, European nations strip immigrants of citizenship that they illegally gained??? RACISTS!"
Be serious.
 11 years ago '04        #13
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.....late, the U.S. been on that for centuries--------swagga jackas



























 06-15-2007, 04:18 PM         #14
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 CalcuoCuchicheo said:
I thought this was the "news" section, sorry.

Do you know what the word, "new" means?? Now try & make the connection between that & the word, "news".


Anyway, there need not be a "significant change" when the article is blinkered. "OMG, European nations strip immigrants of citizenship that they illegally gained??? RACISTS!"
Be serious.
You would deny racism in your country if a white man k!lled a black man on your front yard and told you he did it because he was black and thats a fact.
 11 years ago '05        #15
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 Birdmane said:
You would deny racism in your country if a white man k!lled a black man on your front yard and told you he did it because he was black and thats a fact.
You thought Marcus Garvey was an F1 driver. Fact.

 11 years ago '04        #16
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 CalcuoCuchicheo said:
I thought this was the "news" section, sorry.

Do you know what the word, "new" means?? Now try & make the connection between that & the word, "news".


Anyway, there need not be a "significant change" when the article is blinkered. "OMG, European nations strip immigrants of citizenship that they illegally gained??? RACISTS!"
Be serious.
So you admit that there's a problem then since this isn't "news" to you. I'm not from Europe and what i get from many europeans is that "racism isn't a problem there", and that's obviously not the case when some people have to be at home by 9 p.m. to avoid being k!lled because of there skin color.

Things definitely need to change and if you continue to down play the issue while "people of color" are falling victim to racism then imo, you're no better than the very people who carry out these horrendous acts.
 11 years ago '05        #17
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 JugernoT said:
So you admit that there's a problem then since this isn't "news" to you. I'm not from Europe and what i get from many europeans is that "racism isn't a problem there", and that's obviously not the case when some people have to be at home by 9 p.m. to avoid being k!lled because of there skin color.

Things definitely need to change and if you continue to down play the issue while "people of color" are falling victim to racism then imo, you're no better than the very people who carry out these horrendous acts.
There will always be racism in the world - everyone with a grain of sense knows this.

What you probably "get from many Europeans" is "racism isn't a problem here to the extent that is in the US", which is the general consensus. Racism exists, but there's no need to fixate over it like it's an epidemic, when it's simply not.

And no, the EU never passed any legislation that dictates that "black persons in Europe must be home by 9pm".
If certain people in a certain European nation wish to do so, that's up to them. And yes, I said "nation", not plural. The article mentions Russia in regards to this.
Perhaps if Yanks weren't so oblivious to the outside world they'd know Russian society is, & has been, screwed for a long time.
The right-wing in Russia are pretty strong but then, this article tells us not to dwell on that; after all, there couldn't be a correlation between social deprivation, the rise of the right-wing, & racist incidents could there??? Woah.
There's thousands, if not millions, of white people who feel the need to be home at night in Russia; that feel the need to deem certain areas "no go".

Eastern Europe is still old school in its racism - but let's be realistic, when Yanks talk about Europe they think of the UK, France, Germany etc. They're not necessarily thinking Serbia, Romania etc.

If I "downplay" anything, it's the article; it is riddled with falsehoods. Oh that murder in the UK?? "black teen", "white men"?? When one of the a.ssailants was younger than said "back teen"?? When this was an isolated incident, completely denounced by the whole of UK society, including the a.ssailants' own family??? Ok.
And the article goes on like that, with its' shameless inaccuracies.


Now, again, this is not "news".


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 06-15-2007, 04:36 PM         #18
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 CalcuoCuchicheo said:
You thought Marcus Garvey was an F1 driver. Fact.

Lol you past a lie off as if its fact i said other people call Marcus Garvey different names and because i didn't read the article i didn't know who the fu*k Lewis Hamilton was.

But its funny how instead of responding to what i said you talk about something you already knew but wanted to change the subject seems like what i said was fact.
 06-15-2007, 04:36 PM         #19
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 sunn4511 said:
to all whites racism doesnt exit. they actually believe minorities pull this stunts from thin air. and at the same time we are discriminated against they continue to enjoy all the benefits of their sins.
racism obviously exists




your comments are funny
 06-15-2007, 04:38 PM         #20
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 sunn4511 said:
cant f!ght evil with evil. lol Russian,Germans,Irish, canadians are whites they have more privilege than your black a.ss in this country. this is sad i know its a problem in soccer but i refuse to believe its this widespread.i got huge family all over Europe am gonna call em and see whats up.
Aren't you the same guy that said its ok to k!ll a black man and because of your age you shouldn't be punished i doubt if i hurt one of your family members you'd feel the same way.
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