In light of the recent Zimmerman case blowing up, I’ve been convinced of two things: the immense power of media bias, and the existence and need for more consistent discussion about race relations that don’t occur only around the verdict of a case blown up by the media. I won’t discuss my own views on the case — this is first and foremost a travel blog, after all — but I found an experience of mine in Munich this weekend fitting to write about, especially given the now-trending discussions on racism.
My two friends and I sat down in a Biergarten in the English Garden for a beer and pretzel, and soon engaged in conversation with a German guy from Frankfurt who was in Munich for a bachelor’s party*. The conversation itself, like many conversations I’ve had, drifted between English and German, given our limited knowledges of the other’s language. Somehow, we reached the topic of immigration in Germany.
"What’s really bad now, is that all these people from Turkey… they are coming into Germany, and they want to build these mosques everywhere. And every time a German like me wants to disagree with that, we get called Nazis," he said to us (this is my best paraphrase of what I remember.)
"I know the feeling," replied one of my friends — ostensibly regarding the "hasty fingerpointing labeling" phenomenon.
"But why do you oppose the building of mosques in Germany?" I asked.
"It is fine if they stay in Turkey and stay there and worship there. But it’s just too much. It’s just too much."
When pressed to explain himself further, he just replied, “It’s just too much.” When we asked him to explain his thought process in German (we thought, perhaps, that he would be able to express himself better), he just replied, “Es ist zu viel, zu viel” (it’s just too much, too much.)Read more