A TIMELY LESSON: ALICE HASTERS ON WHAT WHITE PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT RACISM

A TIMELY LESSON: ALICE HASTERS ON WHAT WHITE PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT RACISM

Structural racism is not a distant problem: it is also deeply rooted in Germany. And while it does not affect the everyday lives of many living in white society, the current wave of protests by the Black Lives Matter movement should have made very clear just how crucial this topic is to everyone. This is where German journalist and author Alice Hasters comes in. Her 2019 book, “Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen” (“What white people don’t want to hear about racism”), deals with the problem of overlooked and (to some) invisible racism head on. Often based on personal experience, Hasters highlights five areas that racism touches: everyday life, school, bodies, love and family. Throughout the book, the author describes how she herself has experienced racism in Germany and how it has shaped her. The result is a highly authoritative work that holds a mirror up to every reader, and while some might find the material hard to confront, it is an urgent task, and requires reflection and self-criticism. Hasters offers Germany a much-needed wake-up call – a demand for a more enlightened and conscious approach to racism. If reading is not your thing, you can also listen to the audio version on Spotify. (Text & Photos: Sophie Döring)

Looking for books on racism in English? Check out this list to get you started.

“Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen” (“What white people don’t want to hear about racism”) by Alice Hasters (in German, Hanserblau, 2019, 222 pages)
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