Hi Meltingpot readers,
Did you know that of all the countries playing in the World Cup, Germany has the most diverse team? Not what you expected, right? I know I was surprised when I heard this factoid revealed on NPR this morning. But apparently, almost half of the German World Cup team comes from an "ethnic" background other than German. I know Twitter was all aflutter with talk of "that Black German" on the field. Like Germans can't be mixed or culturally diverse. Hello! Boris Kudjo.
But seriously, according to this radio interview, the diversity of the German team has real life ramifications back home in Deutchland. Supposedly, by seeing this diverse team at work -- and winning helps -- the German people can embrace their ethnic brethren instead of wishing them away, or worse, denying them the right to call themselves German. Viva la patria!!!!
Of course soccer isn't the racial panacea for all of society's ills, but it can't hurt right? Here's an article about the racial make-up of the German World cup team.
For more information about life for non-Germans living in Germany, especial people of color, check out my friend Rose-Anne's awesome blog, Currents Between Shores. Rose-Anne is Haitian-American and lives in Berlin with her German hubby and three boys. And what about any of you? How do you find Germany in terms of diversity? Either as a tourist or a place to live. I'm curious. And as always, I'm listening.