There is now a wave across Europe in support of events in America. I agree with their statements, and it is very good that young people in Europe are not indifferent to the fate of people of different times. After all, skin color is such a trifle, and for me it does not matter. But, what has pleased me on my project recently for the present, when politicians listen to the voice of youth. It would be great if on the project, bosses and mentors more often listened to us. I know that many of the projects have bosses and mentors, very adult and conservative people, most often even religious. It is sometimes very difficult to go with them and solve any issues. It's complicated. But the president showed that he is ready to work and listen to the opinion of a young society.
“It’s not enough to be a“ non-racist. ”We must be anti-racists!” He said during a discussion at Bellevue Palace on Tuesday. "Racism requires an opposite position, opposing speeches and actions, criticism - and perhaps the most difficult thing - self-criticism, self-testing. Anti-racism needs to learn, practice it, but above all, get used to these beliefs."
The background for the event was the case of a black US citizen George Floyd, who was killed during a police operation in Minneapolis (Minnesota). Steinmeier emphasized that in Germany there were also known cases of violence against black people in prisons and unsolved deaths in custody. However, he is convinced of the following: "The police and security services in our country are trustworthy representatives of the state. Exceptions to this rule remain exceptions. Police and security services deserve our respect, deserve our support."
Steinmeier also spoke about current discussions about the concept of "race" in the Basic Law. According to him, the discussion about whether the wording of the appropriate time is, first of all, legitimate. “However, I would like this debate to first open our eyes to the fact that the promise of equal dignity, respect, rights and freedom as a goal is far from a reality for all people in Germany.”
I am very glad that the leader of the country raises such important questions about racism and listens to the opinion of youth. On my project, my boss doesn't always listen to the young. This is an adult and conservative person. Unfortunately, I do not share all her views in the work. But, unconditionally, she looks at this world through the prism of experience, and I through the prism of youthful maximalism. My boss is a very religious person, and as soon as I took the project, he encouraged me to go to the Catholic Church when she found out that I was not baptized in the Orthodox Church. It seemed to me strange enough. Sometimes our holidays in the organization begin with prayer. For me, this is also rather strange, but nonetheless, I accept her behavior. I stand in solidarity with her gaze. But she sometimes does not behave very tolerantly, for example, with respect to guys from eastern countries. He flaunts them all to one model of behavior, and draws hasty Russian conclusions about nationalities. I absolutely do not share them. And I am glad that the person in the government of the country is mentally different from my immediate superiors. Because, having seen her views, I did not quite understand the attitude of adult Germans towards migrants and issues of national identity.