Ernyas M. / Hatun Sürücü

a look at two current stories in the media

  • the Sürücü case (link – de), earlier post
  • the latest racially motivated attack in potsdam (link – de)

fremdenfeinlich motivierte Straftaten fall under hate crimes; the term literally translates to xenophobia-motivated crimes, which ironically encompasses a whole host of hate crimes (race/ethnicity/political affilation/religion) against other Germans. these events happen all too often in Potsdam/Brandenburg, home to asylum seeker residences.

if the police ever find the people who beat that man in Potsdam,
when a politician ever calls for a rechtsradikal member to leave
Germany and take their family with them, maybe then it will not be seen
as ausländerfeindlich to ask the Sürücü family to leave
Germany, a family which includes German citizens. you would think the disgust, outrage, response and confidence in the law to mete out justice would be of the same magnitude on the political scene for both scenarios. to be seen…

from the 4 sentence description on the news in Brandenburg (Berliner Zeitung):
"schwarze Deutscher"/ black German
"fremdenfeinlichen Hintergrund" /xenophobic background
"gebürtige Äethopier" /Ethopian-born

the story should read: Ernyas M., a 37-year-old man from Potsdam, was attacked in a racially motivated hate crime. and the lede for this longer piece(de) ? not a good look.

1 Comment

  1. Nick said,

    Wednesday 19 April 2006 at 9:18 pm

    Raskal,

    I like your investigation of the media’s portrayal of these stories… both of the crimes are just horrible, in my opinion. Very, very sad.

    And, since we’re on the topic, I’m just curious about your perspective on racism and xenophobia in different parts of the world, specifically in the US vs. in Germany…


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Ernyas M. / Hatun Sürücü

a look at two current stories in the media

  • the Sürücü case (link – de), earlier post
  • the latest racially motivated attack in potsdam (link – de)

fremdenfeinlich motivierte Straftaten fall under hate crimes; the term literally translates to xenophobia-motivated crimes, which ironically encompasses a whole host of hate crimes (race/ethnicity/political affilation/religion) against other Germans. these events happen all too often in Potsdam/Brandenburg, home to asylum seeker residences.

if the police ever find the people who beat that man in Potsdam,
when a politician ever calls for a rechtsradikal member to leave
Germany and take their family with them, maybe then it will not be seen
as ausländerfeindlich to ask the Sürücü family to leave
Germany, a family which includes German citizens. you would think the disgust, outrage, response and confidence in the law to mete out justice would be of the same magnitude on the political scene for both scenarios. to be seen…

from the 4 sentence description on the news in Brandenburg (Berliner Zeitung):
"schwarze Deutscher"/ black German
"fremdenfeinlichen Hintergrund" /xenophobic background
"gebürtige Äethopier" /Ethopian-born

the story should read: Ernyas M., a 37-year-old man from Potsdam, was attacked in a racially motivated hate crime. and the lede for this longer piece(de) ? not a good look.

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  1. sattva said,

    Thursday 4 May 2006 at 9:18 am

    that’s a lot to be curious about🙂


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