Afro Germany - being black Do you call yourself black British? 4 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.

Learn more about issues featured in this film "Afro Germany", from human zoos to political correctness, in our multimedia special:

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Gabi Gaertner
I really appreciate this documentary. As a white German I learned a lot and I think we all should stand together, black, mixed and white, to overcome this stupid racism. It's just rubish.
Katarina Tumpa
I think Afro hair looks amazing always. It looks great curly, braided, twisted, straightened… Just looks great in any style, unlike most of European's hair that needs a certain look to look nice
I'm black and Chinese
Hlemphe Abiel Semelane
The struggle of a black child
Hlemphe Abiel Semelane
Black super heros where are you
john dumas
Changing names literally white-washes history. Do not hide the truth. Out of sight is out of mind.
Azz Gazz
Wir sind doch alle schön... I feel pretty, I'm so pretty 💃🏿
Love your curls!! You don't have to straighten it if you don't feel like it. You're gorgeous, inside and out.
Manolo Tusca
Being black and German is beautiful.
Vicky O
Funny how white people only accept black people if we are beneficiary to them in terms of entertainment (sport, music), sex, cuisine, etc.

Sad man
The Computer Artist
one simple way to avoid racism and self hating your race: be successfull.racism is only a thing because of all the bad imagery attached to a race, for exemple black being enslaved, poor and less the opposite asian where mocked and stereotyped as poor and eating foetus few decades ago, remember un old American western or action movies? and now, since they so rich and successful, no body can disrespect them
Race Card
Racist people are sad and insecure beings.They are ignorant and small-minded.
Great documentary
eddye royal
I have dual citizenship, i know how they feel,part of my family came from Augsburg, GERMANY. I met them when I met them when I joined then USA military.
The narrator has a strong 💪German accent
Otis Thelonius
15:10 #ThatPart
Anastasia Tucker
I didn't realize Germany was so diverse. Also I love your curly hair.
Liana Burless
I don't say afro anything cus i have never been to Africa was never born there to even pretent im from from or use it as a part of where i from. Im strikely myself that is all i stive to be. Dont care what anyone thinks anymore. I embraced both parts. U hate when people dont and try to act like they are only black and not true to both side of there culture just because of what other people say or think of how dark they are how light they are. My youngest to visually are white but they're mixed and I want them to understand both cultures sides as far as history goes but we are all Americans that we're not African-American we're not Mexican-American we're not we're just American that's one thing that I make clear yes they might have those different heritages in their background but at the end of the day they are all American.
Robin Andersoñ
My people never ceases to amaze me. Pride, courage, determination where ever we are. It is good to be black! Inspiring film from my people across the water.
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