I really connected to the NPR “German Minorities Still Fight To Be Seen, Heard” piece. In the article, it said Germany still strongly linked ethnicity to national identity. Last week in EDUC 360, we talked a lot about racism and microagressions. In the United States, associating race with national identity can considered a racial microagression which are detrimental to both the perpetrator and the victim. There was a clear example of microagressions within the piece. “Where are you from?” It surprised me that there are no national debates on racism, yet surveys consistently show most Germans don't want foreigners in their country. This is very unlike the US because there is a HUGE national debate on racism. It really stood out to me how Carl Camura said "White Germans do not perceive themselves as racist at all. The idea is there are no other races in Germany. Germany is a monoracial country so we can't be racist. It's pretty easy”. This statement struck me as horribly heartbreaking. I hope to see it in person while in Berlin.
For research, I’m strongly drawn to social activism through street art. I know without a doubt, I want to do research on art and art analysis because, as a STEM major, it’s not something I would normally get the chance to research. Currently, I’m open to changes within the exact topic as long as it has to do with art. The graffiti images on the Berlin Wall within the “Ghosts of Berlin” were powerful to me and I’m so excited to see them while study abroad. My preliminary research question is “how does social activism through art differ from East and West Berlin?”