Afro Germany - being black Do you call yourself black British? 2 months ago   41:58

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Black and German: news anchor Jana Pareigis has spent her entire life being asked about her skin color and afro hair. What is it like to be Black in Germany? What needs to change?

In our documentary "Afro Germany", Pareigis travels through Germany to speak with other black Germans, including rap and hip hop artists and pro footballers, , and find out what their experiences of racism in Germany have been. "Where are you from?" Afro-German journalist Jana Pareigis has heard that question since her early childhood. And she’s not alone. Black people have been living in Germany for around 400 years, and today there are an estimated one million Germans with dark skin. But they still get asked the often latently racist question, "Where are you from?" Jana Pareigis is familiar with the undercurrents of racism in the western world. When she was a child, the Afro-German TV presenter also thought her skin color was a disadvantage. "When I was young, I wanted to be white," she says. Pareigis takes us on a trip through Germany from its colonial past up to the present day, visiting other Black Germans to talk about their experiences. They include German rapper and hip hop artist Samy Deluxe, pro footballer Gerald Asamoah and Theodor Michael, who lived as a Black man in the Third Reich. They talk about what it’s like to be Black in Germany.

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Yoms Kevin
Stop 🛑 Booth black and white aren’t people but colors names, at first lets talk about our own responsibility in Africa poverty and underdevelopment. Are we not also guilty, look at our presidents do they really love us. Are Africans really love each other? Yes Europeans have been so cruel and pitiless but what about Europeans author that fought for us and our freedom ? How many many Europeans lose their life for us? Please be clever, don’t generalized, there is an injustice yes but they are in both side responsibilities to be taken. Think 💭
More than 400 years
Monique Bobb
What's that star on his hat in the background @ 5:00?
Rashad Hamid
Had to go check out some tracks from Samy Deluxe before getting back to this documentary. Looks like real rap has migrated to Germany while mumbling has become the order of the day in the USA 😁
Christopher Williams
Thank you for this.
Ndong Edu
Wow sistah I love ur whitney Houston curly hair type.
U r soooooo beautifull
N Davis
If it hasn't been mentioned in any of the prior 5000+ comments, I urge reading "Growing Up Black In Nazi Germany: The Story Of Hans Massaquoi."
I was in the air force stationed in Germany for more than 6 years (mid-80s). I LOVED it!

Years later, in NY, I went to a symposium on Afro-Germans (2012). At the time this was its second annual affair. The symposium is held in different cities (this year was held in Toronto). However, it's not just relegated to Afro-Germans but whatever Afro-ethnicities have had challenges from wherever they grew up.

I had a hand-held recorder and interviewed several attendees. Many stories were heartbreaking.

One woman I interviewed told me how racist the city was where she grew up. I asked what that city was. She said Bielefeld.

I almost dropped my mic because Bielefeld was my favorite place to hang out.

But what I've since learned is that my temporary military experience was quite different from the brothers and sisters who actually lived or grew up in Germany.
She needs to identify as she is now black is not a trash can thank you
Monica Craft
Black military men did a number on Germany. Leaving behind a trail of biracial children in Germany didn't help the stigmatizm surrounding black people. Many would PCS and didn't tell their German girlfriends and fiance's. Many would actually have wives and families back in the U.S. Truly said
Robert Mcleod
They're biracial not Afro or white
Dulcelina Cabral
That goes to show stop racism period.
Tabs T
First thing she does in the morning is straighten her hair. All credibility lost.
Nella N
I'm not understanding how is she black but have white parents ( not trying to be racist or ignorant ).
Désirée Johnson
She looks waaaay better with her natural curls. I wish my hair was like that. I would never straighten it.
ska punk OI! alternative living
The sad thing with a lot of black people in Europe they tend to wish to a white this is why this is why white people think they're Superior to other cultures because everybody wants to be white and not proud of Their Own Kind this is why I as a black man myself as a black European I love being black I love my big nose love my big lips love my nappy hair is part of being black I love it what's a lot of black people in Europe think that white you're not love yourself don't be brainwashed love your culture
ska punk OI! alternative living
So you see do a black people in Europe as well
ska punk OI! alternative living
It's true what you're saying I got the same thing as well as a black Englishmen they say there's no such thing as a black European or actually your black people in Europe before they were whites actually because black people travel to Europe even when the Roman Empire was around or black people in the armed forces of the Roman Empire as well even in England 2000 years ago not much but they were black people in England as well very very few but they were black people around the world but you don't hear about this in the history books
R Moo
My lord that Journalist is beautiful regardless of her skin/ Germany is on the wrong side of history.
hasan maalin
Anyone can become immigrants.
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