Damaso Reyes, Photojournalist - Living While Black in Former West Germany

Damaso Reyes, Photojournalist
Living While Black in Former West Germany

It’s been 70 years since the first African-American soldiers fought their way into what became West Germany, and stayed.  Today, they and their descendants are fighting racism…using some of the same techniques that worked 50 years ago in the United States.  Journalist Damaso Reyes on Living While Black in Eastern Europe.  It isn’t easy.

From Damaso Rayes

Thomas Hurst was born in the 1960s, the son of a white German mother and an African student, and he spoke at length about his struggle to find acceptance.

“I was confused about myself, who I am, what is a good way to explain to other people that I don’t know where my father came from. And the only reason they ask me is because of my skin color. For most of the white German people … there is no way to be German when you are not white. That is still the general interpretation of being German. I always expect some kind of racist attack. If you enter a room, first of all, people believe you are a stranger,” he said during an interview at a central Berlin cafe.

 

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