After George Floyd was murdered by the police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a modern civil rights movement emerged as Americans in all 50 states protested against systemic racism and police brutality. The movement has also taken root abroad, including in Germany.
Social issues are very important to me as a person and as a podcaster. I try to educate myself about a range of identities on an individual and societal level, and I try to share diverse stories on my podcast. I don't always succeed.
My fellow expat podcaster in Germany, Shaun of The Germany Experience, and I both felt a need to use our platform to discuss these topics head-on in the summer of 2020.
We're both white. I'm from the US, and Shaun is from South Africa. We released an episode where we talked about racism, as white people, as podcasters, as expats in Germany, and as people from countries with significant racially unjust histories.
Here is some content that we discussed in the episode:
- The Germany Experience episode "Unhappy in Germany"
- The documentary 13th, available on Netflix
- Learning from the Germans by Susan Neiman
- Ein Neger darf nicht neben mir sitzen by David Mayonga
- Trevor Noah's video "George Floyd and the Dominos of Racial Injustice"
- The Armchair Expert episode "Heather McGhee"
You can listen to the episode here.
To hear a panel discussion among Americans abroad about racism in the US and the George Floyd protests, listen or watch America on Fire.