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Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another — or the belief that another person is less than human — because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes.
Studies show that racism as decreased significantly in Germany, but an incident that took place in Essen “100 Club” broke hearts.
At what point should one feel at home in Essen as a black German? That is the question Hon. Kevin Uguru; CDU executive member and representative member between the District Council and the Integration Municipal Council of Essen asked his Facebook friends.
Exclusive Interview with Hon. Kevin Uguru about his experience
I was invited by a friend to an event which took place at “100 Club” on 20.Sep.2014 at the Colosseum Theater Essen. When I arrived, the two security men “bouncers” refused me entry. I was shocked and felt lost for a while because I was supposed to be a VIP guest.
While all others were allowed entry without any problem, on my humble demand, why am I being rejected?; the bouncers replied: “You’re overdressed.” In redemption; l offer to take off my suit jacket, then only my T-Shirt maybe, they replied; “You’re under-dressed”, I asked further what about other guests on suits whom you let in, they replied; they are in VIP Guest, l felt unsatisfied with the answers and was prompted to interview some of those men on suits.
I spoke with 12 men and to my surprise non of them were on the VIP list, among whom was Mr. Jorgen Wiesslaar. Not long after that, Mr. Tom also from Essen whom was also on a VIP Ticket came out and witnessed the scene. Mr. Tom couldn’t believe what was happening, and for him it was totally unacceptable for such misconduct. He demanded to see the organizer of the event, after he had begged the security men let me in. The boss “organizer” came out and confirmed the situation was normal, quote “Tja es ist leider so,das könnten wir nicht ändern sorry”, (unfortunately it´s like that, we can not change it. Sorry). Mr. Tom was disappointed and with anger tore up his ticket in front of them and left.
What should I feel as a black German citizen of the city of Essen, self-employed entrepreneurs and employer, as well as one of the CDU executive member and representative member between the District Council and the Integration Municipal Council of Essen. As for me; the party was over at this point and I left with sorrow. it prompted me to retain the Quest: at what point should you feel at home in Essen as a black German? as implies to the the basic law of citizens or residents on integration and inclusion according to “§1Artikel 3.3 of Grundgsetztes (“No person shall because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith, religious be prejudiced or favored on political views. Nobody may be discriminated against because of his disability.”).
Dear readers, your comments count. Were you a victim of racism? How can Africans overcome this ill experience? Please share your views and opinions.