Racial Profiling is Legal in Germany

PolizeiVia the Local:

The young black German whose refusal to show police his ID led to a court ruling that cops could use skin colour as a criteria for spot-checks, says he will fight the case all the way.

Speaking to The Local, the 25-year-old student said he was disappointed by the verdict which has provoked a storm of outrage. One human rights lawyer called for the judge to be dismissed, while his own lawyer says he will take the case to the Constitutional Court if necessary.

“I don’t want to believe it — that my country now supports this, it is terrible,” the student said.

“The police have been told they can do this — no-one is thinking of the person getting hurt. I just wish every kind of racism would stop; it is horrid how people are treated by those who think they are lesser.” The student, who asked not to be identified, said he often took the train from Kassel, where he studies, to visit family in Frankfurt. “Over the last three years I have been asked for my identification about 15 times on that train,” he said. “It was making me sick.”

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8 Comments on "Racial Profiling is Legal in Germany"

  1. Has anyone checked on Poland lately?

  2. DeepCough | Mar 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    I thought we already went over this, Germany.


  4. lolz its not our system you silly minorities, tricks are for kids,,,

  5. Germany does legally
    what the US does illegally

    maybe the US should start obeying the law
    and then set an example for others to follow

    next time you see a car pulled over in the US
    check the race of the occupant and the cop
    then think of Germany compared to the Land of the Free

    •  Careful there racial profiling does not target native Germans in Germany, however, racial profiling in the United States does target native Americans in the country that was stolen from them. In fact native Americans are routinely targeted, denigrated and treated as non-existent other than as a tourist and clichéd side show.

  6. sonicbphuct | Apr 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

    Racism – or Totally Unreasonable Prejudice, as I like to refer to it, is rampant in Europe. Rampant should be all caps. Here, in the cozy heart of Europe that is Switzerland, referring to a black person as a “neger” (the german literal equivalent of nigger)  is completely normal and reasonably accepted, instead of the more politically correct (in the US) “schwartzer/in” (black man/woman). Further, in CH (die Schweitz), those from the former Yugoslavia are routinely referred to as “Yugos” and are seen as hostile, aggressive, social malcontents, complete with your “Yugo” jokes sent around the office as email attachments. In the news papers, any “crime” attributed to non-western Europeans, seemingly requires mention of their origin – even those legally immigrated. (if you speak german, french or italian, check out http://www.20minuten.ch – lately, those of north african origin prime candidates).

    What was difficult for me to understand was the lack of birthright citizenship in all but France – in Switzerland, there are many instances of 3rd & 4th generation immigrants that have never seen their “home land”, nor can they speak their “mother tongue”, but must still carry passports from there – Germany is very similar with their large Turkish population.

    It is my impression that the only way someone in Europe might actually be considered Racist is if they admit to admiring or respecting or in some way supporting Nazi’s and/or Hitler. The general consensus is that only American’s can be racist because only they had “black” slaves. You don’t even get the token “i have friends.”

    Perhaps more interesting is that when the subject is brought up, it is framed and understood as a “problem with immigration”, as though it were some bureaucratic screw-up or something that tweaking a law would solve. When asked to articulate the issue, it inevitably comes down to the fact that they don’t come from a Western European place, don’t look it, and don’t attempt to become it. If you point out the broad generalization, they simply refer to a problem with immigration.

    If it were hotter here, it would Arizona’s doppelganger.

  7. Billybee | Apr 8, 2012 at 7:51 am |

    I was beginning to like you Deutchsland. I’ve helped create advertisement for your cars, bitch!

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