April 21 | 2017

    Gelungene Integration.
    Die Empörung der ihrem Selbstverständnis nach Biodeutschen über das Wahlverhalten der so genannten Deutschen mit türkischem Migrationshintergrund verwundert. Man ist sich doch in Vielem einig. Rechtssicherheit verhindert das gerechte Urteil und Gewaltenteilung ist störendes Hindernis auf dem Weg zur großen Tat. Als Lösung in aller Munde: Die durchgreifende Hand des guten Königs. Er ist das Ende der auf korrupte Weise impotenten Politikerkaste.
    Auch zur Todesstrafe höre ich eigentlich nur Gutes. Kinderschänder, Vergewaltiger, Bänker und Merkel kommen nach drei, vier Bier alle an die selbe Wand.
    Dass man sich dennoch nicht leiden mag, muss andere Gründe haben.

    German values.
    I found the public outrage over the results of the Turkish elections surprising. It is the outrage of the otherwise often silent majority of people who consider themselves indigenous due to their seemingly homogeneous white, Christian, working class ancestry whose proper secluded intercourse, over centuries, finally, gave birth to the present specimen of pure breeding.
    Because the idea of being indigenous to a nationality is laughable and Germany’s infamously fascist tradition, individuals displaying this attitude are called ‚Biodeutsche‘. A lot of people use the term to describe themselves – thus missing the point, successfully disemboweling the wit to make room for some righteously felt German-ness.
    Having no background of migration in 2017(to be indigenous) means that your ancestors crossed the German/Prussian/Saxonian/,… border before 1948. This was a necessary hat-trick of the all new German Republic that was following the 12-year time period we widely consider to have been the one-man-show of an unsuccessful Austrian painter, wearing a – at the time – fashionable, not too bushy mustache. After WWII, once the borders were re-drawn, about 12 million individuals with German papers were displaced and found themselves in foreign territory. Unfortunately, these Germans have been treated as ‚Germans‘ and it took a number of new minorities to immigrate before these people could bolster their own identity with a sense of German-ness. It must have been quite a relief to be considered less alien than the Croatian and Turkish workforce, refugees from the GDR, the Kurdish, and recently the Syrian refugees. The language regime provided necessary help, disguising the disgrace of ’not being from here‘, an assumption that might seem ridiculous to Americans. My grandfather, despite having arrived in town in 1948. For a short time he was a POW in a soviet camp, them, unable to return to his home town that is now situated in Poland, he found his way to the very west, looking for work that would sustain his life. Later on his family, mother, sister, brother would follow him to the Dutch border. Regularly at the coffee table, at the bar, he was called out for ’not being from here‘. In retrospect, this made me understand why he would join every club and team there was before taking himself back and refraining from public activities altogether yes, kitchen psychology, at best. Whoever has ancestors among those 12 million and talked with them about something else than the weather will know that my grandfather was not a statistical anomaly. So much for the art of being more German than other Germans.
    The Turkish-German population often has two passports and therefore has the right to vote in Germany and Turkey. Dual-citizenship, in general, is a problematic construct. A lot of Russian-Germans, Polish-Germans have it. But the debate is only getting fiery when it comes to the Turkish case. The attempts of the government to force a decision upon individuals for either one or the other are numerous and applauded by loyal non-dual citizens. (As the the German idiom tellingly goes: one cannot serve two masters.) The underlying dispute is a lawful one and reflects a lot of the confusion over what it means to be a citizen. Until the year 2000, like many other European states until today, Germany only knew the ius sanguini that determines nationhood by bloodline. By then, rather liberal government tried to catch up with the reality of immigration by implementing the ius territorialis that determines nationality by birthplace. The conditions of the latter are fierce and the matter does require more discussion than the space allotted here allows.
    These roughly 500 000 German-Turkish Dual citizens are outnumbered by the 1.5 Million Turkish Citizens, living on German soil, who cannot even partake in the local elections because they are not citizens of the EU. One can imagine how weakly affiliated this body of people is to the German Republic and its public and political life. Instead of relying on empathy and imagination, one can read the numerous studies and statistics dealing with this kind of structural discrimination and its fallout.
    Also, there would be a lot to say about the role of the military in Turkey and how Erdogan manages to harvest the fear of a coup d’état, how Kurdish independence plays into the rational of the AKP (Erdogan’s Party) voters and the question of religious identity in Turkey – none of which I am going to attempt, though it should be mentioned that these complexities lurk in the background of the bigger picture, in order not to seem more ignorant than necessary.
    Still, I am surprised with the outrage of German Germans without ‚migration background‘ because they do have much in common with those who voted for Erdogan.
    German German common sense tells me that the rule of law is only hindering real justice while checks and balances keep the good king form acting out the interest of the people. A rather primitive understanding of democracy, one might think, without knowledge or patience for the political processes, yet shared across all strata of society. Creating a strong man, given the means to take drastic measures is considered a relief from political impotence. Also, after a couple of drinks the German German likes to talk about the death penalty. Child abusers, rapists, bankers and Angela Merkel are put up against the very same wall.
    I dare to conclude: Being angry with the Turkish community in Germany must have other reasons.

    On the term ‚Aufrecht-Deutscher.
    People of all political colors are asking for more spine. I am calling for more brain. Albert Einstein („who is being recognized more and more…“) recently told me over a beer:
    “He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.“