Muslim as a label

Source: The Local.

Just to name two examples – of course a democracy must reform its citizenship laws if the danger emerges that a growing part of its population is being shut out of the political process because they have no right to vote. And of course schools need to be reformed when the number of students shrinks and the children are increasingly without the basic abilities on which German education is built.

The constant public conversation about the diversity of society has continually also created groups which do not actually exist – we talk about “The Muslims”, but what does that say about a person? They are also mothers, fathers or singles, unemployed or good earners, professors or tradesmen – and they are not even all religious. Does professional, familial and economic status have less influence than religion?

The label “Muslim” says little about the person it is stuck upon. Yet it can make the actual person, their character and abilities disappear and significantly reduce their chances in life – the chances of finding work and friends.

The United Nations, as it recently criticised Germany over its reaction to the Thilo Sarrazin case, said the country’s institutions, for example the justice system, was not offering enough protection against racism and that racism here is too often reduced to anti-Semitism.

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