Why I believe Black spaces are so important
Personal Thoughts / Opinion
Anti-Black Racism - an everyday struggle
In a society that is socialized in a racist system, everyday racism is a constant struggle for BIPOC. Strangers starting conversations with „Where are you from?“, „Can I touch your hair?“ and white people wearing braided hairstyles can be triggering. And yet these are the things Black people in Germany - in this instant - have to deal with whenever they take the train, go to the supermarket or attend a party. On top of all of this, negative stereotypes of Black people have been implemented into people’s brains so there is this never ending struggle to conform, to not stand out, to not be oneself, to just blend into an environment that keeps pointing us out.
We as Afro-Germans or Germans with an Afro-Diasporic background have gotten so used to these little things, the subtle things, we started to tolerate the non-racist people with their racist behaviour and language to the point where we completely avoid trouble and lengthy conversations. So we lay out the heritage of the last three generations of our family, say ‘Yes you can touch our hair’ and say nothing at all to the braids. A lot of you don’t realize you’re doing it.
Now when there is an event - such as CURL - made by and for Black people and we enter a room filled with BIPOC, there is this very apparent feeling of comfort.