Q:Hi, I know this is a bit late about Germany and POC, and I haven't read all the posts yet, but I also wanted to add something. Another large part of why the very sizable African (they had an African colony) and other POC population in Germany has been erased is because a stigma that also arose in the 1900s against 'war babies' and of course white supremists. So much of the once thriving black culture in Germany was erased, and less than a 100 years ago at that. You can disregard my ask tho, sry.
Yeah, actually I’ve been looking into perhaps getting Hans Massaqoui's autobiography, former managing editor at the American Ebony Magazine. He passed away recently at 87, but he was an indigenous German who was a teenager during WW2, and talks about the odd role/status that (young) indigenous Black/mixed Germans had during that time. Although second-class citizens in many ways as “non-Aryans”, they were not persecuted in quite the same way most other groups were, such as Jewish people, Roma, et cet.
Although it seems that many adult Black Germans were forcibly sterilized, and Black POWs as well as Black Germans were put into camps and forced to act as extras in propaganda movies. So that would definitely have a lot to do with a lower population of Black Germans now than existed previously…genocide has a way of doing that. Not that most European nations do a census by ethnicity or race anyhow.
Interesting fact: There’s a German TV Movie about Massaquoi’s life, and Whoopi Goldberg has been trying to get a film made in the U.S. for about a decade with no success.
Honestly, the more research I do, the more I realize that specifically Black people have been living in Germany and the Netherlands for longer and in larger numbers than I really even suspected.
I was just reading this about.com article and thinking I should do some more research in that direction. (Although it supposes Black German history starts in the 1700s, and we already know it goes back much further than that…)
The importance of sex education.
One of my first memories was from when I went to bathroom and found a lot of blood, I was sooo afraid, ran to my mommy and grew even more afraid when she told me it was nothing and just wiped the blood off. I thought someone was killed.
Thank god we had a good tv program about sexual education and I learned what happened soon after.
Marie Curie in her Laboratory, Wyndham, Paris, circa 1908
From A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive & Collection, 1843-1939
Step 1: Cut out 13 pieces of the template onto your color choice of crepe paper. Make sure the grain of the paper goes horizontal to the petal.
Step 2: With your thumb, gently shape the petal. 8 of them will be shaped vertically. 5 will be shaped horizontally. I use a pencil to shape the horizontally shaped pieces.
Step 3: For the center of the petal, glue one side of the horizontally shaped petals and curl it around to the other.
Step 4: Glue on the back side of the next horizontally shaped petal on either side points of the petal.
Step 5: “Hug” the two sides around the center petal. (center right picture above)
Step 6: Repeat to the other side of the center petal. (bottom left picture above)
Step 7: Repeat the process and glue the next 2 petals so they are equally spaced around the center petal. (bottom center picture above)
Step 8: With the vertically shaped petals, dab some glue onto the bottom of the petal and attach it to the bottom of the now glued flowers.
Step 9: Glue four evenly around the flower.
Step 10: Intersperse the remaining petals around to fill in the gaps.
Step 11: Cut out a 12”x1” piece of crepe paper for the stem. Make sure the grain is going the short way of the paper. Pull it taut.
Step 12: Cut out leaves from green paper.
Step 13: Shape them with a pencil and cut jagged shapes into them so that they appear to be more lifelike.
Step 14: Glue the end piece of the stem crepe paper and begin rolling it around your wire.
Step 15: About an inch down, glue one leaf into the stem paper and immediately continuewrapping. Add on as many leaves are you’d like to the stem.
Step 16: At the end of the stem, glue the paper into the wire to secure.
Step 17: Glue the stem into the bottom center petal of the flower and hold.
Step 18: To make the rose float in the cloche, glue a small piece of fishing wire into the top of the rose and hold.
Step 19: Glue a tiny dab of glue into the top of the cloche and immediately attach the fishing wire of the rose in. If you want to reuse the cloche, the glue should easily be picked off.