July 9, 2015, marks 100 years since the end of German rule in Namibia. DW's Ben Knight spoke to Vekuii Rukoro, head of a Namibian delegation which has come to Berlin to call on Germany to formally acknowledge the colonial-era killings as genocide.
The legacy of Germany's colonial empire has long been ignored by the government and public at large. But amid the global anti-racist movement, a reckoning is due over how to handle leftover colonial symbols.
Namibia's state media is feting President Geingob's announcement that Germany is ready to apologize for the colonial-era genocide against the Herero and Nama peoples. But that news is less spectacular than it sounds.
Political relations have been tense lately, as several German politicians acknowledge, on visits to the country's former colony in Africa, responsibility for the genocide. That is not enough for many Namibians.
In a personal essay, DW's Beina Xu reflects on a coronavirus-related racist attack and confronts Germany's — and Europe's — deeply problematic idea of race.
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