Aminata Touré, Policy expert for the German Greens

Aminata Touré is part of the new generation of prominent politicians attempting to bring greater social justice to Germany. As a policymaker for the German Green party, she has been known for her political activisms surrounding issues of racial injustices. The policy expert of the German Greens was born one year after her parents fled from Mali to Germany. She has now found her path in the Green Party of Germany after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. She is currently representing the region of Schleswig-Holstein.

Her political efforts focus on the issues of racism in Germany. She is a prominent advocate for greater discussions surrounding issues of racial inequality in Germany. She explains that there has been a lack of historical dialogue surrounding issues of race. Moreover, the young politician believes that the voices of minorities affected by inequalities are not often heard. However, she is hopeful that dialogue is increasing and that more attention will be given to such issues. Aminata Touré has put forth two major efforts to circumvent issues of racism. She wants to address the issue surrounding the word race or “rasse” and make a greater effort to educate the population about Germany’s colonial history.

Touré advocates for the word “race” to be removed from the German constitution. She explains that the history of the word brings about a context of white supremacy and eugenics. The word “race” or “rasse” was used to establish the theories at the center of the Third Reich. Thus, she argues that its horrific usage through history grants her the belief that the word should be removed.

During an interview with he Harvard Gazette Touré explained,

The term race is outdated in Germany, and it is racist itself,” she said. “We are not saying that the founding fathers and mothers of our Constitution in 1949 had bad intentions when they wrote it, following what previously happened in the sense of killings and enslavement in Germany. However, they used racist language.” (Harvard Gazette, Brett Milano,’ French and German activist politicians discuss battling racism with legislation’)

In an interview with Robert Habeck, member of the German Greens, Touré adds that the word race should be removed from the constitution because “There is no such things as race, there are only people.” (Elliot Douglas, DW, ‘Greens call for race to removed from the constitution)

Furthermore, she argues that the usage of the term operates under the assumption that there exists; “different categories of peoples, claiming it undermines a key clause of the Basic Law: ‘All people are equal before the law’.” (Elliot Douglas, DW, ‘Greens call for race to removed from the constitution)

Although she has not proposed a different word to replace it, she still advocates the importance of language. Touré explains that language is only one layer of a much deeper set of issues. The policy export for the German Greens explains that Germany needs to address the issues around institutional racism.

The German Greens policy expert is a strong advocate for greater emphasis on colonial history classes in the German curriculum. She explains that German history before the Second World War has been forgotten. She argues that the latter part of their history especially Colonialism should be brought to the limelight of Germany’s history.

In an interview with the Time, she argues,

I think we are very good at remembering the Holocaust and it’s important that we have this in our school system, but the problem is that we do not talk about the time that we were colonizing African countries,” she said. “A lot of anti-black racism was created at this time. There is little awareness about this problem. There are a lot of people who literally don’t know Germany has such a history, or that we’ve been part of this.”. (Billy Perriego and Mélissa Godin, Time, ‘Racism Is Surging in Germany. Tens of Thousands Are Taking to the Streets to Call for Justice’)

By emphasizing the Colonial part of German history, Touré is confident that it will kick start the process of unlearning racism. It would allow for the roots of the systemic issues of racism to reach a greater understanding among the people of Germany. Although she asserts that Germany is still in its infancy in regard to issues of discrimination, she seems hopeful that the future will see a more equal and just society.

In the Time she explained,

 “We are at the very beginning in Germany, talking about all these things with the majority. The minority, those concerned about racism, have been talking for decades. The majority have not. But this is something that has changed in recent days and weeks. We are having another discussion and I think we are moving the right way.” (Billy Perriego and Mélissa Godin, Time, ‘Racism Is Surging in Germany Tens of Thousands Are Taking to the Streets to Call for Justice’)

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