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Essay band your home is our nightmare : Better Alternatives for Germany

again and again this question. You will not be charged to many of your life a single Time, while you for others to everyday life: "Where are you coming from?"

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Essay band your home is our nightmare : Better Alternatives for Germany

again and again this question. You will not be charged to many of your life a single Time, while you for others to everyday life: "Where are you coming from?" The questions imply that some people belong naturally to Germany, while others are perceived as foreign, no matter how long they live, your parents, or your grandparents already here. How annoying and discriminatory it is, this question always have to answer, is currently also on Twitter under #fromhere track.

The question is also nothing New for the fourteen authors whose Essays in "your home to gather our nightmare". It runs through the book like a red thread. Have edited the tape, the journalist Hengameh yaghoobi Farah and Fatma Aydemir, who made his debut in 2017, with the novel "the elbow". In part personal, part analytical Essays that are funny and angry, touching and depressing, to tell the authors of life as "Other". The starting point for the Band, renaming the interior Ministry the "Federal Ministry of the interior, building and home was" a year ago. The same time, Horst Seehofer, announced that Islam is part of Germany. And made only too clear, for whom Germany can be in his eyes home.

self-empowerment and charges

The Essays in this volume are a self-empowerment for all people in Germany, the experience of racial discrimination. This shows the simple and beautiful dedication of "for us". "My wogs-Pussy needs space, lots of space!", Reyhan Şahin aka Lady Bitch Ray attested to in your Text about the relationship between sexuality and racism. And Sasha Marianna Salzmann decides your Essay about your alliances as a Jewish, queer Person with other Marginalized with the words: "We are the Alternative for Germany."

The book is also an indictment if, for example, Deniz Utlu shows in his moving Text, why a lot of people in this country feel that the police and the protection of the Constitution anything other than protected. Horrible yet example of the structural racism in security agencies, the failure is murder in the investigation of the NSU. Utlu cited an analysis of the main Commissioner Udo Haßmann from 2007 to the series of murders. Haßmann explained why the perpetrators must be from the migrant Community, and therefore in no other Milieu will be determined. "The killing of people in our culture," wrote Haßmann, be used "with a high taboo". In contrast to the Turkish Community, therefore, where it appears to the Commissioner to normal, kill each other. "Trust is only possible if all people are equally protected," writes Utlu. Germany is still miles away.

With the concept of Home and its history from the Industrial Revolution and romanticism about national socialism and the New rights culture scholar and author Mithu Sanyal, in her Essay "home". If home is a safe place where you will not be questioned, writes Sanyal, then people would as you are not home.

It is a question of what is normal

Sanyal has as a cause for the eternal origin of the "3-H question-and-formula" was invented: "skin, hair, haemoglobin". The latter is the red blood pigment is a substance, he is the "Catch-22 the whole point of home affair", the principle of Descent. Because even if today is not the blood law applies, the evidence that only the origin of the father and decades later decides to be the mother – about the English, this idea remained in the minds of many. Not in vain, says Sanyal, distinguish the New rights, the term "passport Germans," invented, people with a German passport a "real German". "Does Nation as a border to the outside, the home forms a border to the inside," writes the author. What there is a lack at present, to be genuine visions for the country. "Where are you coming from?", not is critical, says Sanyal. The question of the future loud: "Where are we going together?"

The book is also a call for solidarity to all who are not affected by structural discrimination. The theatre-maker and activist Simone Dede Ayivi reported to be a motivating experience in Kreuzberg, where several people criticized the racist behaviour of a policeman, before she could say anything. Feel the need to not only fight back, was enormously important to the energy for an activist to raise work, writes Ayivi. Because it is always the question of what is normal. When in Public, racist insults and Assaults can take place without someone intervenes, it normalizes such behavior.

It is located on the so-called majority society, to listen, to rebel, to take a position. And to fight together for a society in which no one is more to the "actual" origin. Racism concerns everyone.

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Fatma Aydemir in the portrait, The center of the world is located on Leopold square

Nicole Henneberg

Fatma Aydemir, Hengameh yaghoobi Farah (EDS.): Your home is our nightmare. Ullstein 5, Berlin 2019. 208 pages, 20 €.

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