We should not discuss individual symbols

We should not discuss individual symbols

As someone who has just moved to coburg, i ask myself one question: is the mere depiction of a person with dark skin degrading?? An insult? Gar racist? I do not think so. If that were the case, i and millions of other basketball fans would not be allowed to hang up any posters of michael jordan either. That i was certainly not hung up to insult the man, but out of admiration, because he was the best basketball player of his time, maybe even of all time. And isn’t it the same with the moor?? After all, he has been the patron saint of the city since 1430 – who would want to insult the one whose protection he hopes for?? In general, these discussions are misguided. They don’t change the everyday problem of racism, and they come up again and again when, as recently several times in the USA, people with dark skin experience bad things, even get killed. And even then they are discussed selectively. How often do you hear about the "black lives matter" in germany?-movement critically questions martin luther’s work? Luther, who in 1543 in his writing "of the jews and their lies", was called for burning down their synagogues and destroying their houses. Are luther’s undeniable historical achievements enough to make his anti-judaism a minor or non-issue?? Racism is an everyday problem, which has recently become apparent not only in german police forces. But in order to fight it permanently, a permanent discussion is needed – and not one that periodically works its way through individual symbols. We really do have other problems, especially in 2020. Maybe it’s a good thing to have a visible patron saint…

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