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These aren't incidents from the 60s, but from modern day Germany, and if you speak to African immigrants anywhere in Europe you will hear of similar incidents. Actually, speak to almost anyone who's not white and they'll have a story, which could be anything from being stopped an unusual number of times by the police to incidents like the ones in this undercover video report on racism in multicultural Britain.
The internet may have given us all so many more windows on the world, but the extent of racism and discrimination against Africans in Europe still isn't something most Africans are aware of until they arrive in their destination country. How could they be? It's not part of the mainstream diet of news or entertainment in Lagos, Dakar or Nairobi, so if you want to know about it you have to search for it. Neither is it much a part of the stories that make it back home from those who've already settled in Europe, so you don't search for it because you don't know it's something you should be aware of. Besides, it probably wouldn't make any difference to anyone intent on moving to Europe anyway. Still, overt racism is one of the bigger shocks for new arrivals in Europe, the first time they encounter it. They get an even bigger shock the first time they get some race-related aggro from a West Indian, but that's another, sadder story). Of course, most Europeans aren't overtly racist, and overt racism is only half the story. A skinhead telling you to go the fuck back to where you came from denies you the freedom to feel free, but it's the covert racists who will deny you the opportunities to get a place to rent or a job. On the other hand, the covert racists probably won't take your life, which is what happened to Alberto Adriano, a Mozambican father of three who was brutally murdered in 2000 by skinheads in Dessau, Germany. This was just one of the 140 racially-motivated murders that had happened in Germany since 1989, and it prompted Nigerian-German artist Adé Bantu to set up the music collective Brothers Keepers to bring some attention to an issue that doesn't get anywhere near enough of it. In honour of Alberto Adriano they recorded the track The Final Warning.
From time to time you hear about similar incidents and, though the pressures of globalization make people everywhere feel more unsecure and thus increase the likelihood of scapegoating, extreme racism and discrimination exist even in the good times. What is it the racists are afraid of or angry about? Change? That if "outsiders" are absorbed society will be altered in ways they do not recognize? That it will become too multi-cultural? But culture and society are never static, and Europeans have never worried about what effect they might have on a local culture and society when they have migrated to other parts of the world. Until the end of the second world war Europe was a continent of emigrants. Escaping hunger, financial crises, ethnic cleansing, war or totalitarian governments, millions left for North and Latin America. They arrived en masse without visas and without conditions imposed on them by authorities. And gradually they integrated into society. It was by no means smooth going, but the harsh rejection of today's African immigrants to Europe is a sign of deep hypocrisy and entitlement.