In Samara Daioub’s glossaries, blind spots and privileges are named to raise awareness of racism and to facilitate one’s own educational work. The terms collected here set in motion the necessary and long overdue confrontation of white people with racism.
Racism has long been talked about. In fact, it always has been, mainly by those affected.
The rest of the world—more precisely, the white world—has long enjoyed the privilege of looking away when Black people are murdered by the police, when People of Color are denied resources and access of any kind, and when mass murders of People of Color are committed, as in Hanau.
Ferhat Unvar, Gökhan Gültekin, Hamza Kurtović, Mercedes Kierpacz, Sedat Gürbüz, Kaloyan Velkov, Vili Viorel Păun, Fatih Saraçoğlu and Said Nessar Hashemi. We must never forget these names.
23 February 2020 the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, USA
13 March 2020 the murder of Breonna Taylor, USA
25 May 2020 the murder of George Floyd, USA
Many more became victims of racially motivated (police) violence in the USA before and after them.
Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Charleena Lyles, Phillando Castille, India Beaty, Alton Sterling, Nina Pop, Michelle Cusseaux, Tony McDade, Freddie Gray, Janisha Fonville, Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, Akai Gurley, Gabriela Nevarez, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Tanisha Anderson and many more. We must never forget these names.
But also in Germany, we must be able to name the victims of racially motivated (police) violence.
Oury Jalloh, Ousman Sey, Laya-Alama Condé, Amad Ahmad, Halim Dener, Achidi John, Kola Bankole, Zdravko Nikolov Dimitrov, Aamir Ageeb, N’deye Mareame Sarr, Michael Paul Nwabusi, Dominique Koumadio, Slieman Hamade, Christy Schwundeck, Bekir B., Matiullah Jabarkhil, Rooble Leisure Warsame, Hussam Fadl, Yaya Jabbi and many more. We must never forget these names either.
2020 is the year in which an avalanche of pain, sadness and anger finally reaches the white majority society.
The time has come: the voices that have been loud for decades against this oppression, violence and unequal treatment are finally being heard. Actually, they have always been loud enough, but the privilege of white people not having to deal with the issue of racism is simply louder.
2020 is the year in which it will no longer be enough to say “I am not a racist!”.
2020 is the year in which we recognize that racism is a white problem, identify racist acts as such and educate ourselves, our friends and families.
2020 is the year in which we must seek discourse on racism, say the names of victims out loud and actively fight racism.
As a white, previously uninformed person, it can be difficult to suddenly HAVE to deal with guilt, shame and your own privileges.
Given that not having to do anything for so long was one of these privileges.
It is all the more important to go through this exhausting process of awareness in order to be able to confront and inform your own family and friends.
I have compiled the following glossaries based on my own experience with such confrontations and the fact that they can often lead nowhere. Some of the definitions I formulated myself, while the others are quoted from the book Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen, aber wissen sollten by Alice Hasters and the online glossaries of IDA e.V., Racial Equity Tools, Pacific University Oregon, Diversity Arts Culture and Gender Glossar.
In discussions, it is not only about having important and right arguments, it is also about using important and right words for these arguments. As long as we cannot name a concept, a structure or even a feeling, its existence will always be questioned. These terms are our tools to build our arguments in a secure and stable way. They can protect us from giving in to manipulative answers when we start naming the often unconscious yet toxic patterns of conversation.
These glossaries are intended to facilitate the first step towards our own educational work. Every beginning is difficult, but in this case it is urgently needed and long overdue.