ENGLISH: #BlackLivesMatter Founded in 2012 after the violent death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the United States, the movement has international significance: Despite specific issues in different countries, the principle of “Black Lives Matter” makes racist social structures visible worldwide.Racism is an everyday life experience for Black people and is not only reflected in verbal insults and physical violence.
This also applies to Germany.The Black Lives Matter month in Berlin stands with its program of events and the protest march for a lasting change of our society and against the concealment of racism. Silence, too, is violence.People in this country experience racial discrimination on a personal and institutional level. This ranges from racial profiling, legislation such as changes in law enforcement acts, street naming, school education, but also by the media, to dealing with flight and the access to labor and housing markets.In addition to all these topics, there are current events which show us that a continuous intervention by the population is required.
These include incidents from around the world, such as the enslavement of Black people in Libya and the ongoing police violence in the US and europe-wide, but also specifically in Germany, such as the serious deficits in shelters for refugees, racist attacks and racist incidents in educational institutions etc.We are not willing to accept and hush up racism – the violation of our human dignity and rights.