Magazine article New Internationalist

Whiteness Is Not Rightness

Magazine article New Internationalist

Whiteness Is Not Rightness

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When activists from the Asylum Seekers' Movement (ASM) held a protest-camp in Dresden to demand equal rights, they were disappointed by the lack of support they received from Germany's liberal and left-wing activists.

'They are used to talking on our behalf,' says Iranian refugee, Mesbah, one of the founding members of ASM. 'When we talk for ourselves it shows they get it wrong when they talk about refugees' needs because most Germans have never experienced it.'

When nearly 900,000 asylum seekers arrived in 2015, German activists rushed to support those fleeing violence and discrimination. But two years later, some refugees are asking why they have not yet been better integrated into civil society.

Javid Nabiyev, founder of Queer Refugees for Pride, says refugee-run groups like his are being overlooked. 'We are not taken seriously by other LGBT+ organizations,' says the Azerbaijani activist. 'There is a minority that see us as competition for resources. …

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