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The geography of racism
Editor: Ama Lorenz
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Being a black German

As Jermain Raffington, a black professional basketball player, grew up in Germany, he lacked role models with whom he could identify. Therefore Jermain and his wife Laurel started the project "Schwarz-Rot-Gold" and embarked on a journey to find these role models, for their own children and for all other people that are black Germany to feel inspired to pursue their goals.

“Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference - those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older - know that survival is not an academic skill...For the master's tools will not dismantle the master's house. They will never allow us to bring about genuine change.”
Audre Lorde

THEODOR WONJA MICHAEL was born in 1925 in Berlin. He is one of the few black German survivors of the Nazi era. After the war, he worked as actor, journalist and official of the Federal Intelligence Service. 

HADNET TESFAI studied political science and Arabic and holds a Master's degree in North American studies. She began her career as a television presenter, among others, for the music channel MTV Germany (2008 to 2010). 

PATRICK MUSHATSI-KAREBA is a Media Executive with profound background in music, digital distribution, media partnerships, product launch and development. Since 2008 he works for the Apple GmbH as iTunes Head Of Music GSA, Italy & PAN Europe.

Since June 2009 SYLVIE NANTCHA is the first African-German councilor of the conservative party CDU in Freiburg. From 2009 to 2013, she was the first Afro-German CDU regional board member in Baden-Wurttemberg and in Germany. 

MARIE NEJAR is a Franco-German singer and actress. She played as black extra in UFA movies during the time of National Socialism. After the end of her career she got an education as a nurse. In this profession, she worked until her retirement. Video soon available!

Editor: Ama Lorenz