People of Asian appearance are being scapegoated in Germany because the coronavirus originated in China. The incidents expose ingrained racist beliefs. One woman has set up a website to make the problem more visible and provide self-help.
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The murderer was from the neighborhood. When he shot nine young people in Hanau on February 19, 2020, the racist attack shook Germany. In the fight against racism, is society failing?
Racial stereotypes about Asians abound in Germany, and often cross over into physical assault. As in the US and around the world, COVID-19 has further spurred anti-Asian racism.
Germany's anti-discrimination agency has a recorded a 78% rise in calls for help since last year. That is more than ever before, with the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus pandemic seen as drivers.
From abuse on the web to attacks on the SPD office in Wuppertal, threats of death and mutilation are a regular experience for the parliamentarian and anti-racism campaigner Helge Lindh. But giving up is not an option.
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