"At the start of the 60s we invited the guest-workers to Germany. We kidded ourselves for a while that they wouldn't stay, that one day they'd go home. That isn't what happened. And of course the tendency was to say: let's be 'multikulti' and live next to each other and enjoy being together, [but] this concept has failed, failed utterly....For several years more people have been leaving our country than entering it...wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward....Germany should … get tougher on those who refuse to integrate before opening itself up to further immigration."
- Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel
Response:They who, Angela? The Arabs, Turks, Asians, Africans? Who? The Jews, the Muslims, the Sikhs, the Scientologists? Who?
Multiculturalism is a failed project but not for the reasons Merkel points out, she's playing to the gallery because there's a lot of discontent within the party and conservative Germans over immigration. Multiculturalism's like this trendy thing Europe thought they'd name integration as a way of appearing progressive so the EU pressed full steam ahead with policy, but multiculturalism is impossible without first exorcising history's demons and poverty - Merkel needs a reality check. Multiculturalism failed because Germany didn't make it work. Granted it's not an overnight job as the Germans themselves took long enough to get along, but Merkel's not exactly been pro-multikulti or pro-immigration in her policy and strategically distanced herself on these issues so whose collective failure is she talking about? The Financial Times estimates say there's a skills shortage of about 400000 jobs in Germany and but they suggest that this gap can be filled by employed skilled migrants but visa restrictions prevent non-Germans from having certain jobs - so how do people work? Declaring multikulti has failed when you haven't even tried is a bad political tactic, it's evident that resorting to populist rhetoric is def-o a sign of desperate times, I guess the Baden-Wuttemberg 2011election is not looking too great then, Angie?
IMO multiculturalism's more of a Eurocentric cultural project that legitimises the consumption of 'the exotic other' by celebrating diverse cuisines, music and languages, but it doesn't engage people. Governments purposely build ghettos by ethnicity then in a schizophrenic twist embark on projects to de-radicalise 'the other' and pour money into fostering social cohesion to keep things calm...some work, some fail, but at the heart of it: it's the economy, stupid. Integration supposed to be the aim of multiculturalism but it's really just mainstreaming everyone into the dominant way of life, a kind of inclusive exclusion - thou shalt not wear a hijab or burkha, but thou shalt speak one standard French and remain in your poor, segregated ghettos. When the ship goes down, blame it on the poor and the migrants, same ol' same ol' and there's much more of this kind of populist talk to come the tougher things get.
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"Where were you the day hiphop died? Is it too early to mourn or too late to ride?"
BEAUTIFUL BLACK JOHN
The Blogger With The Biggest Community Chest in TX - Monopoly's Got Nuthin On Him. Click on the Face.
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LEADERS OF ZIMBABWE'S 1ST CHIMURENGA; NEHANDA, KAGUVI & CHAMINUKA
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Dancing on the Moon
SUMBODI BROK AMURRYKA, WHO, WHO, WHO?
"TOWARDS AN EVER CLOSER UNION OF EUROPEAN NATIONS"
Diamond from Botswana
Lead Singer of Bongo Maffin (SA)
'IF I COULD TEACH THE WORLD TO LIVE IN PERFECT HARMONY'
UN World Peace Pic, Words from Bone Thugs
H.I.M HAILE SELASSIE I
FROM LONDON TO HARARE
5 140 M, 8 272 km Location: Leicester Square, Lon, England. (Copyleft Kon Womyn)
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Rev 1 v 17 - 18
The Black Madonna
ANTI IRAQ WAR ART
By Mike Vallen, 2003
RAIMI GBADAMOSI, VISUAL ARTIST & SCHOLAR
"I believe in a world without borders"
"..if they desist, know well that Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Compassionate"
MALE & FEMALE CHROMOSOMES
There are about 20-30 human intersex states known.
The current women 800m world record holder Jarmila Kratochvílová, no questions of identity asked, but she looks just as if not more 'masculine' yet Semenya is also just as feminine as she.
STANISLLAWA WALASIEWICZ (STELLA WALSH), POLAND
Winner of the 100m race at the 1932 Olympics. She was forced to return her medals after the IOC found out that she a hermaphrodite.
MARIA JOSE MARTINEZ PATINO, SPAIN
The woman who battled to prove she was a woman.
SANTHI SOUNDARARJAN, INDIA
Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2006 Asian Games who 'failed' a gender test
MARIA MUTOLA, MOZAMBIQUE
African Champion with nine international titles to her name. When she first broke onto the international scene, rumours started doing the rounds she was a man and not a woman, but there was no substance to these ridiculous claims.
SERENA WILLIAMS, USA
Tennis Champ whose name has spun the rumour mills because of her masculine appearance...Nothing but jealousy.
MARION JONES, USA
Is this a thing of beauty? One blogger suggested from the neck down Semenya and Jones look the same. Could their capabilities in strength also be somewhat similar regardless of chromosomes & sans the performance enhancers Jones took?
DERARTU TULU, ETHIOPIA
First Black African to win an Olympic Medal in Barcelona, 1992. Nawal El-Mutawakel of Morrocco was the the first African to win an Olympic Medal in 1984.
ALICE COACHMAN, USA
First Black Woman to ever compete AND win Gold at the Olympics, Berlin Games, 1936
CASTER SEMENYA WINNER OF WOMEN'S 800M IAAF GAMES 2009
FROM PRESIDENT-ELECT TO PRESIDENT
THE JOKER - THE ORIGINAL
This was originally done by an art student, Firas Khateeb before B.O was inaugerated. It was a part of a series of experimental images not as expressive of political opinion.
How To Blow Up Two Heads At Once (Ladies)
By Yinka Shonibare, 2006
THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA
By Yinka Shonibare
BLACKFACE / MINSTREL FROM BAMBOOZLED
Now, this cuts DEEP!
HEATH LEDGER AS THE JOKER
FADED HIGH HOPES
OBAMA JOKER POSTER
SHEPARD FAIREY'S FAMOUS HOPE IMAGE
JAMES LILLIS "JOKE"
Style originating from Yoruba culture symbolizing the woven baskets marketwomen carry on their heads
LA VIDA HAIR SALON
The Good Hair Show
Jamelia in India
100% Human Hair indeed!
Shingi Shoniwa, Lead Singer of The Noisettes
On hair: "I keep it funky with an afro on stage so I can rock out. No way I'd have a lace-front weave like Beyonce's."
ANTM Cycle 6 repping for Nigeria
The Congolese immigrant who set herself alight in protest to Belgium's racism
Plight of the Dispossessed People
Chagos Islanders protesting outside UK Houses of Parliament '08