Afro Germany – being black and German | DW Documentary

Afro Germany – being black and German | DW Documentary



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 sheโ€™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 itโ€™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: http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/afrogermany/s-37071901
_______

Exciting, powerful and informative โ€“ DW Documentary is always close to current affairs and international events. Our eclectic mix of award-winning films and reports take you straight to the heart of the story. Dive into different cultures, journey across distant lands, and discover the inner workings of modern-day life. Subscribe and explore the world around you โ€“ every day, one DW Documentary at a time.

Subscribe to DW Documentary:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW39zufHfsuGgpLviKh297Q?sub_confirmation=1#
For more documentaries visit:
http://www.dw.com/en/tv/docfilm/s-3610
Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/dwdocumentary/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/dw.stories

DW netiquette policy: http://www.dw.com/en/dws-netiquette-policy/a-5300954

source

Share this post

Comments (46)

  • DW Documentary Reply

    For the Spanish version of this documentary, visit our new YouTube channel 'DW Documental': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ1GpKa15ulyoQuxz7H4rng

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Total Destruction Reply

    God is going to destroy all racist people along with all other forms of wickedness. Psalms 37:9,10

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Unskinny Reply

    Same kind of. I remember traveling to ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช and every time I went to the mall or KFC the ppl working the would try to speak English to me and then I would randomly start speaking German to me and they would just be in some kind of shock…. Like

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Julius W. Reply

    "Where are you from" The question is normal. If I move to Africa or Japan, they will see that Im different than them. Even if I live there for a long time, even the grand-children. And thats ok. If somebody goes to another country, he has to hope that he gets accepted. If they dont want, its their legal right.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Julius W. Reply

    Germanic people dont have a dark skin. So its an indicator for an immigration background. Thats nothing bad. Yeah,not all ethnic Germans have blue eyes and blonde hair. But all have a light skin color. And you can discern German as a citizenship and as an ethnicity. And not all ethnicities are related with the Germans and their culture. Some of them are close and some are far away.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Nicholas Reply

    Dislike are the white German

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Pulsonar Reply

    The black woman hairdresser fixed Janas lame straight lifeless hair into a beautiful natural style! She is a confident woman by any measure, but It is noticeable how her confidence and attitude still jumped up a level since that hair appointment.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Tricia Williams Reply

    Beautiful documentary

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Nicole Salmon Reply

    So he attacked someone, cause them serious harm. But is deciding that he did nothing wrong and shouldn't be punished? Yeah I would throw on a year for wasting the courts time. My time as a judge. The gall of him.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Curtis Brown Reply

    One love sister fr Jamaica

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Vivian Burton Reply

    Beautiful

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Vivian Burton Reply

    Thank u for inclusion and please know my appreciation and apology is sincere… never my intention to hurt people when I am hurting myself… I don't mind u seeing my pain …I never want anyone to feel my pain but to Express myself so no one else has to ever experience this …โคโœŒ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜โœŒโœŒโœŠ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Vivian Burton Reply

    I'm am sorry if I offend any man it is very scary and terrifying to anyone who has to fight against such ignorance and stereotypes that should not be tolerated…power to the good in this world that must never die and the truth that must never die…

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Vivian Burton Reply

    I am very open to accepting of all men and women…I fear what I am sometimes guilty of myself lack of knowledge and the ability to communicate with others on a level of respect for others in my fight for equality of the good of all man kind.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • blue X Reply

    My parents are Afro Brazilian and Afro Romanian
    I love my countries and cultures

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Georgia Davis Reply

    I appreciate this documentary it tell me alote about other countries.l will never visit. I thank you.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Codzeedee Reply

    I'm Australian Aboriginal and I've never seen a black German…but your beautiful sweetie๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Ž

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • huskies91 Reply

    yawn.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Myasia G Reply

    she is biracial but she is a pretty women

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • J Seth Reply

    That picture when you were around one stole my โค๏ธ.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Syracuse Grenville Reply

    my question is why would you choose one race over another if you are of two or more races.i respect it but dont you see that it is a matter of choice of which race you decide to live as if you are choosing (a race)

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • chef Kelly Reply

    She was already beautiful, but when she changed to the natural curls……WOW!….next level beautiful.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • JustTheBeginning Reply

    ๐Ÿคฃ

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Michael G. Reply

    The fact that the Germans don't accept Black people are being their equals and question them means one thing. The Germans need to be taught a lesson and to be removed from Germany once and for all. Black people and Muslims should be allowed to take over Germany and the quicker the better.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • lavinder11 Reply

    Dang… I grew up in the deep south of the US and we never played any race-based games. I couldn't imagine…

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Dawn Hewitt Reply

    Luv this, proud of you for making this docu and exposing racism! #blacknproud

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Alvaro Valdovinos Reply

    I loved your natural curls. I loved the multi-faceted sections of this report. My heart broke more than once when I heard about the struggles. I only hope I get to live to see that one day…all people are equal and that all forms of hate will stop.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Dr. Evil Reply

    There is no such thing as a black German. There is a German and a Black, and a Black living in Germany, but that's the end of it.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • BigBootyBarbiee&The Sleeper Cell Reply

    I live in the inner city of Baltimore MD and Im white and I so bad want to be black because I dont fit in so people need to realize that all humans that live within a place they are a minority may feel this way. Everything I LOVE has to do with African Americans even my boyfriend is African American.I write raps I love dance I only love rap and r & b. I write this with a heavy heart. I believe anyone can go thru this depending on where they live.I went to an HBCU. I never felt accepted by white people. Now i dont feel accepted by black people either. I tend to stay alone alot now.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • crazyleggs4 Reply

    Thank you for such a wonderful insight into black struggle n germany it was hard to hear of the hardships that were faced thank u

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Warsame Adam Reply

    Every race has racist people. Just see for yourself.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Billy Batson Reply

    MIND BLOWN!!! Is this a Mandela Effect?

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Ulfur Karlsson Reply

    There is a lot of Black People in Germany especially in Berlin and Stuttgart .

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Mike Bledsoe Reply

    White people have never been persecuted for the color of their skin that's why racial equality feels like oppression to them.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Jamie Grieve Reply

    O wow your hair is so much better with curls you look like a young Whitney Houston!

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • JamaicanSista ROBINSON Reply

    This is a very #powerful documentary!๐Ÿ˜€

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Live Not Die Reply

    Wow! She looks like an ordinary black women in America. I would have never thought she was half German ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Abi W Reply

    I thought the embarrassment from adolf hitler would at least make Germany less racist. We're here today, rich in racism and struggling with the basics of humanity (respect& acceptance).

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • rada kalf Reply

    I hope the man from Burkina Faso is doing well. Seems like a hard working man.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • fern Haloo Reply

    one drop rule

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Curtis Maye Reply

    She is so Fine

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • slayer 1 Reply

    In America black and white are statuses why does the Upper Crust black is the bottom it is a legal entitlement it is not legal but it is lawful it really has nothing to do with skin color it's about your basic status are you a mopper and sweeper or do you make the buildings that are mopped and swept are you a restaurant employee or are you in restaurant owner that is the status between black and white it has nothing to do with color

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • animosity4u Reply

    When my daughter and I were in Garmisch theGermans stared at us like we were Martians. I have never seen more rude behavior in my life!

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • richie anderson Reply

    Look things may have changed but I was in Germany in the 90's and I loved it ….The ladies loved the brothers especially in Munich, Nurnberg, Stuggart, and it was a big melting pot of ladies you had Yugoslavian, German, Greek, Gypsy, Italian, and so many more not to boast or brag but go to Munich and ask about a guy name Red I left my stamp on that city ..Shout Out to the Cadillac Club, and the Rock Inn!!!!

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • S Mavi Reply

    2:53 OK that's quite an understatement, although I don't like his music, Samy Deluxe is considered a living German rap legend.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am
  • Mark Baker Reply

    You let Racism too affect your thinking because you are the Racist one, not the other way around. Blacks are treated 100% better in Europe than in the US. Racism is a sin of all who let it bother them. Racism is taught not born with.

    July 3, 2019 at 2:51 am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *