Am i racist

Am i a racist A self-test

With a view to discrimination in particular, it is easy to define an academic-theoretical accusation. But what does it say - and what are the consequences?

I hold Germany, the music video by Rammstein, for a brilliant piece. It provocatively and sarcastically highlights the turmoil and tragedy of this nation and is at the same time as brutal and elemental as a hurricane. And regardless of the opinion of parts of the German educated bourgeoisie, who want to understand it in the usual brazen manner as "cheap showmanship"; it is likely to be largely the honest soul of the musicians who venture into the bombast.

But the band did even more. With her questionable move to evoke outraged voices about the "marketing of concentration camp inmates" with a short excerpt before the video was published in order to then paint an astonishingly differentiated picture of this country, Rammstein summed up the culture of indignation of our day as a bycatch, so to speak.

Quickly, often too hastily, one is at hand with the accusation of racism. Outraged lines are quickly typed, liked and shared on social media.

In the face of such ambient noises, it is all the more important to reflect on oneself. Racism as a fashion slogan is all well and good - but the question is much more important: Are you a racist yourself? Are you maybe even doing it without realizing it?

The media refer to institutionalized racism and claim that it is "almost impossible for the individual to free himself from this centuries-old construct". In addition, for example, an alleged origin of racism with Columbus is fantasized as if it were not a general human phenomenon, but a phenomenon typical of Europe. (3Sat, The Power of Prejudice)

Perhaps it is a sign of disguised racism to look up as a member of the German majority society outside of metropolitan areas when you unexpectedly meet a dark-skinned person. But is that it? The human mind - no matter what pigmentation its shell has - instinctively reacts to the unexpected with a flash assessment, and for a very good reason in evolutionary terms.

If someone yells at us, we flinch. If everyone screams all the time, nobody twitches anymore. When people of all skin colors stroll down the pavement in everyday life, there is just as little cause for a stir, because that is then "normal", it is to be expected, no reason for a quick assessment of the situation in terms of risk or safety.

Therefore, the current development is important that people from visibly different origins appear on television and in public as a matter of course. For this positive effect, however, it is essential to also credibly refute allegations that their choice is to be attributed to the proportionality and not to the competence of the person concerned.

Against this background, the question arises: Am I a racist? How far am I a racist? I am convinced that "race", in itself an invalid term, has never played a significant role for me. Above all, I judge people based on how human they are. How they stand up for others. How humorous they are, how tolerant, how competent. And not according to what skin color or origin they have. At least that's what I suppose.

But can this assumption be confirmed in reality? Only self-reflection helps. What is my personal reaction to certain situations?

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