The new xenophobia

„Rising levels of crime due to foreigners.“

During the past few weeks such headlines have been frequent in the German media. They are very xenophobic!

French, Spaniards, Chinese, Koreans, Canadians and Icelanders are all foreigners. But, in Germany there is no increase in crime in relation to those nationalities. Yet, as foreigners, they are all thrown into an undifferientated statistical basket.

Crime doesn’t correlate or originate with physical appearence. Whoever propogates such nonsence is a racist. It’s also not personal experience that drives people to evil deeds.

For centuries, Jews have been expelled and persecuted worldwide. Some just barely escaped executional crosses, fire and gas chambers. Yet, historically and today there are no Jewish terrorists who attack skyscrapers in New York, theaters in Paris, London subways, Tel Aviv markets and commit mass murder. It contradicts Jewish culture to explain evil away so cheaply and to be so irresponsible for one’s own deeds. Perhaps, Jews are hated so much because they prove through their own example that no amount of terrible suffering can justify evil deeds! The Jewish tradition, however, is a philosophy of responsibility, an attitude rejected by many people who’d rather hide behind excuses.

We decide which deeds we carry out. Those actions begin in our own heads. How we act is not determined by skin color, hair type, eye shape or facial scars, but rather by what originates in our heads.

Our beliefs, ideologies and faith influence our actions. Judging a person on the basis of his origins is racism; judging a person on the basis of his or her convictions and actions is criticism.

Why, then, do foreigners who detest the German value system of democracy and fundamental rights so much that they commit crimes against the society in which they live? Do they believe in Jesus? In Karl Marx? In Milton Friedman? In Hedwig Dohm? In liberalism? In capitalism? In communism? In feminism? What ideology lies at the root of this alienation from modern society? What evil ideology is seething in the minds of those criminals?

One thing is certain: it’s not because they are foreigners. That would be a xenophobic explanation!


Translation: William Wires

Über tapferimnirgendwo

Als Theatermensch spiele, schreibe und inszeniere ich für diverse freie Theater. Im Jahr 2007 erfand ich die mittlerweile europaweit erfolgreiche Bühnenshow „Kunst gegen Bares“. Als Autor verfasse ich Theaterstücke, Glossen und Artikel. Mit meinen Vorträgen über Heinrich Heine, Hedwig Dohm und dem von mir entwickelten Begriff des „Nathankomplex“ bin ich alljährlich unterwegs. Und Stand Up Comedian bin ich auch. Mein Lebensmotto habe ich von Kermit, dem Frosch: „Nimm, was Du hast und flieg damit!
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