United in Diversity

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„I speak most of the local languages, which gives me an advantage, whatever community I go to. Whether it’s the Nama community, I adapt. Whether it’s Ovambos, I adapt. Whether it’s Hereros, I adapt. With my appearance, you even take two or three guesses to guess which tribe I belong to. Personally [I have] not really [experienced discrimination]. Maybe in terms of white/ black. At times, maybe you go to a restaurant and white guys are like “Ah, what are you doing here?”. They don’t say it, but then you can feel it from their appearance and how they look at you. They don’t feel comfortable with you being around. […] Going to a white area, you are considered or labeled as a thieve or a fag or all the funny words they consider us.“
„In Namibia we don’t want Apartheid. We’re all Africans.“
„There are some people who will always be many and they will always have a bigger voice in the end of the day, because of [being the] majority and what not. It’s not necessarily that because you guys are fewer in your tribe or fewer in your culture or group, then you guys are at an disadvantage automatically. It is actually in people’s minds. People need to change that mind. That’s why we need empowerment amongst… especially the youth. If we start with such campaigns, […] we can reach greater heights.“
„I don’t have time for somebody who intentionally aims to discriminate me because I mean I am who I am. I am enough. I am proud to be Namibian.“
„We have a lot of tribes. That leads to discrimination because each and everyone have their own ways how they are raised. Tribe also comes in, so it divides us in many ways. […]We grow up told like a certain tribe is not fitting to us. So you are not allowed to marry a certain tribe. If you are involved into this, it involves discrimination. Parents end up fighting you. Ok, if you have to marry for instance a Damara and I’m Herrero, then you are on your own, which is discrimination, which ends up in tribalism. Discrimination is something that is common. Although people sometimes don’t want to speak about it, it’s happening. […]We discriminate one another according to tribes.“
„The world says we come from Adam and Eve. We are all one. The guy you are hating is your brother, the lady you are hating is your sister. We have these things that kinda like bring us apart, you know there is the statuses and all those kind of things but it’s not supposed to be like that.“
„We are a couple and we just tried to rent an apartment together [in New York City] and we were denied. It’s technically illegal to discriminate against someone and not let them live somewhere but yeah […] it was pretty clear that she didn’t want a gay couple. […] However, what we face is still nothing compared to what other people face.“
„I don’t want anyone to hesitate to approach a different race. You know, to be friends with them. For me, I love other races. But I kind of hesitate to approach them because of the history, or maybe because of what they will think.“
„I’m partially Namibian and part of me is Angolan. […] I receive a lot of discrimination for being Angolan. Since people think mostly Angolans are “up” in society, many of us do receive discrimination. They always tell us “Go back to your country! You don’t belong here.” and things like that.“
„Namibian people take culture too serious. There’s something that they’ll never forget. Let me say, they can go to Germany or South Africa, they never forget that. They really take that serious. And that’s very good. Fantastic!“
„There is more discrimination in France than in Germany. I find that Berlin is more open than Paris. […] For instance, in Berlin all persons speak different languages, and we can also talk in english or french.“
„People are people. No matter whether they are black or white. We have to stand together, be friendly and smile to each other. There is nothing more to it. We only live once, not twice.“
„I’m looking for a flat, but I don’t find one. I live in an asylum center for maybe two years. But I cannot learn german there, or even sleep sometimes. 8 persons in one room. I’m a construction engineer. I want to do a masters in engineering. I want to work as a construction engineer. But without a flat, I cannot.“

„We are a couple and we just tried to rent an apartment together [in New York City] and we were denied. It’s technically illegal to discriminate against someone and not let them live somewhere but yeah […] it was pretty clear that she didn’t want a gay couple. […] However, what we face is still nothing compared to what other people face.“
„Sure, there is discrimination against me [as a woman]. But because it happens so often and I try to keep my world view in a positive way, I think, I just try to repress it, indeed.“

Maybe there is discrimination in Germany but not against French people. I have never experiences discrimination here. In Paris I often hear people int the metro or streets say there are too many foreigners.“
„Tribalism still exists. It is stopping us from actually working together and becoming strong as a nation. Separation somehow makes us compete instead of standing together. Each tribe wants to think they are better than the other. But it’s an illusion because we are one country. We are supposed to stand together.“
„I think this kind of racism that is 100% accepted in everyday life is the most prevalent. For example the conversations in bars that are extremely against minorities, against refugees. As it is such a thing in the media, it’s also part of the conversations people have. […] Lots of people have their conversations guided by the media and that’s a big issue.“
„There is discrimination everywhere, but there is less of it here in Berlin than in other places.“
„I am from Eritrea. I came here to experience peace and live in freedom. Most people here are good to us, but some people are crazy, they hate us. […] Some people also attack refugees. Last year someone threw a bottle at us. But not everyone is like that.“
„As a woman in my generation – I have just turned 30 – there is still a lot of discrimination in our generation. An example are job interviews in which you are regularly asked about your family planning. You are not legally obliged to answer these questions, but if you don’t answer, you have also lost.“
„I am an artiste and I was supposed to do a show in front of managers, rich men. But they cancelled my performance short on note before the show, because they decided it would be sexist to have me perform [in front of only men]. This decision wasn’t even taking the perspective of the woman into account. So men think they would act anti-sexist, but react in a sexist way actually by disregarding the person that all is actually about. It was a completely absurd situation.“
„Regarding equal rights, I always have the feeling that in Berlin it is not turned into action, but in other parts of Germany I hear a lot about gender mainstreaming.“
„There is lots of discrimination in Germany in many areas. There is discrimination of the elderly, discrimination of certain minority groups, discrimination of women. Not everyone is treated equally in Germany. […] We still have to work on improving our society to enable equality for everyone.“
„I have gay friends who experience violence in the streets. That’s also an extreme form of discrimination. These things are happening here in Berlin. People go home from a pub and other people come and beat you up.“
„I personally have not suffered discrimination [in Germany], because I was mostly living in Bonn and there a many Russian people living there. […] In my homecountry Russia women, homosexuals, handicapped and migrants suffer discrimination when it comes to money or jobs. The situation is comparable to the one in Germany.“
„It would be good if minorities were more accepted and had a louder voice.“
„My mother always told me: Once you are to be the doctor […] either you are from a private school or governmental school – You can always become what you want to. We have that thing that says: No one should feel left out in Namibia. And we had working on it. That one should be strong for us!“
„I don’t know if my grandfather could look at your grandfather as a brother. But at least you and I have that opportunity to look at each other as brothers. That’s what I like about where we are today, and probably being born after Independence.“

„[Being gay] is not easy, depending on where you come from. If you come from the countryside it’s worse, in Berlin the society is more open, but we have all heard terrible things. I personally have kept silent for a long time. But since I came out a couple of years ago and I am officially living as a gay person, I have not experienced anything negative, I have actually only experienced positive things, but of course I know that once you see beyond your own nose, once you look to the left or the right, there are lots of fears and stereotypes.“
„The whole [political] system needs a reshuffle. It doesn‘t work. It’s like medieval. We need to progress to new systems. […] It’s education what needs to be done. They [the politicians] need to be taught from the young age. With education it is more likely to [that everything solves itself]. You are more open minded.“
„I think [our goal for Namibia should be] sort of cultivating and fostering a culture where we do tolerate and appreciate each other’s diversities and different backgrounds and because I think we have a sort of healthy dialogue among the younger generation which is very exciting to see and which makes it a very interesting place. But cultivating more of that [so] that it becomes more of a norm and that we can overcome the discrimination.“
„It`s still going to take a long way, but I think it`s the young generation that has to start on that […]. We did kind of start on that in school already like working together, […] going out together, hang around and come together, but still it takes a long way and it`s a hard way. […] It sounds harsh and hard, but we [our generation] all need to “die out” first […] to grow a new Namibia and a beautiful Namibia.“

„Migrants and women are for example subjects of discrimination in Germany. People who live here but look different than the typical German. Women are still generally disadvantaged… homosexuals are. There are lots of groups that don’t belong to the mainstream and are being excluded, even with some people not taking notice of it.“
„Racism is not that strong here in Berlin. (…) People are more open here. When people of different cultures are living together, fears do not easily arise.“

„Our education system needs to be updated to our current time, because I give an example of Windows98, but people are using Windows10 now. […] School cannot be the only form of education. Why don`t people focus on people`s skills instead of academic IQ levels? We have a high unemployment rate, we have a lot of school drop-outs. Why do we have those things? Why don`t we look at other ways to improve our country or develop our country? […] The world is full of information, the world is full of technology. Why can`t we just expand our mind instead of going the same educational way?“
„Anyone who is not white and male is disadvantaged basically [in our societies]. I mean even people from poor backgrounds in general… I think the richer you are, then you have the advantage and the poorer you are, you have the inbuilt disadvantage in the society. You don’t really have a chance to get out of it. I think social mobility is a little bit of a lie.“
„I have lots of experiences with discrimination in my everyday life. […] For future generations I’d wish that the diversity of our society will be even more visible on the different levels of our society, like in the media, in higher positions… This would give our children even more courage.“
„Of course there is discrimination in Germany. […] But each and everyone can only start for him- or herself to improve the situation. I’m giving language classes for syrian refugees amongst other things. […] I have to say unisono with all political parties: Education, education, education. And it has to start early. Not the last year of kindergarden should be free, but the first one. […] Educators should get paid more.“

„I wish that I could travel around Namibia and tell people how important it is to look after each other and treat people equally, because they are our next generation.“

„I think the big problem that comes now is the poverty gap. […] Towards the future you can see that the income gap is increasing. So, if you don‘t have an education, you‘re probably going to suffer. These days you need an education to get a job.“
„My idea of a diverse society is where different cultures and people of different bases are accepted equally. And there is no bias against one. I mean we all have stereotypes, but stereotypes are just one half of a full story. […] Black people are loud and we do like watermelon but that does not define us. It`s just one part of the things we like. So if we gonna get discriminated against things like that it`s because people are not educated enough to know better.“
„I have lots of experiences with discrimination in my everyday life. […] For future generations I’d wish that the diversity of our society will be even more visible on the different levels of our society, like in the media, in higher positions… This would give our children even more courage.“

„We need to be one, not dividing ourselves in terms of our tribes because God created us to be one people and then we as Namibian people need to be one.“
„I am from Columbia. […] Germany is a very mixed country. […] I always learn about different cultures. I feel very well with Germans as well as with other migrants. People want to show me their culture. And that’s the same with me. When I notice that someone is interested in my culture, I try to get it across. I experience this diversity in a very positive way, and wouldn’t want to lose it.“

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