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A Lovestorm Against Incredible Hate

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Lately, I found myself in the center of a shitstorm created by a radical right wing crowd. Cause of this unusual uprising was the illustration you see on top of this blog post. While I am pretty aware that there are pretty dark places out there, the messages these people felt they had to share with me, made those dark places pretty palpable.

But despite these beings’ intentions, I felt sad and compassionate because someone who writes such filthy comments to a person he or she has never met nor made the effort to check out his background, must be extremely frustrated with his or her life and person.

So I decided to share with you what they shared with me and to comment on it. I didn’t just wanted to sit this one out. These things need to be shown to the public and to be deconstructed in a constructive way. Their “reasoning” lacks, well, reason. Wild assumptions are made and extreme fear shines through each of their words. 

From my experience of the last 43 years, hate is best answered with love. I feel their sadness and it is kind of overwhelming. What a dark place they must be in to feel the urge to write those things. They need some light. 

I also would like to promote a few really motivated organisations that help hate filled people to get out of their locked up thinking. I linked to them at the bottom of this post. Needless to say that they are all NGOs and non-profit organizations. Although this post is primarily concerned with making right-wing extremism public, I want you to know that I am as opposed against any form of extremism and violence, no matter by whom they are acted out.

It’s a bit longer but I hope you take something from it nevertheless and of course that you are on my side when it comes to spread love and understanding rather than hate, anger and fear. Show me by sharing this video with everybody you know and by writing a few lovely lines for those who are in fear -and by that I do not only mean the Nazis. Please refrain from hating back or ridiculing them. They do that themselves without our aid. You’d just pour oil on their fires. Spread love and understanding and promote reason and logic.

Learning German or any other language is a step towards world peace. The better we understand each other the less likely are we to become enemies. Let’s leave this place behind in a better state than we have found it.

Ich danke Dir für Deine Unterstützung.

Michael Schmitz

ORGANIZATIONS AGAINST RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM

Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
They collect funds for a democratic culture. I like their positive outlook. Check out some of their campaigns here.

Hass Hilft + Rechts gegen Rechts
These are two projects of the same group of people. They are turning right radical activity into funds for exit programs and education about right-winged thinking and organizations.

Kein Bock auf Nazis
“Keinen Bock haben auf” means “Can’t be bothered with…” Their page is in German only but their information on how we can all stand up against such threats uttered by neo-nazis and other radical groups would make a worthy training for your German. They also got support of quite a few well-known German music groups. Check out their “über uns” section.

Pro Asyl
They are providing support for refugees in various ways. Their page is available also in English language.

4 thoughts on “A Lovestorm Against Incredible Hate

  1. The illustration is problematical, given the current refugee situation in Germany , suggesting unquestioning acceptance of culture and race mixing as something all people should evolve or aspire to. I enjoy having distinct cultures, languages and races in the world and believe it was meant to be this way, not that anyone is superior to or should rule over others because of these differences. Als ein Deutschanfaenger gefaellt mir German about.com.
    Leb wohl,
    Peter

    1. Dear Peter,
      where exactly do you see a connection between the black guy in the illustration and the bunch of assholes that cast a bad light on refugees and Arabic people on NYE? And how does this illustration “promote” anything precisely?
      Just maybe because someone’s skin color is different from ours? How does skin color relate to anything exactly? My skin is different from my neighbor’s, a German woman. She’s much darker than me. Does that say anything about her character?
      What exactly do you enjoy about distinct cultures? And wasn’t the German culture and also your culture – which one it might ever be – quite different just a few decades ago? Women here can vote since the 1918, in Switzerland since 1971. To beat one’s wife and children is illegal only since 1928 in Germany, but in Austria since 1989. That doesn’t mean that women and children are not beaten anymore by their husbands resp. fathers. In Switzerland it still is legal with a few restrictions. Check this page for more information: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6rperstrafe.
      There is no such thing as a “pure” culture. And it certainly has nothing to do with skin color.
      I’m happy that you like the German language and that you like the German about page. Keep learning and thinking.
      Logic and rationality can be mind-boggling but they make a lot of sense 😉
      Alles Gute
      Michael

        1. I love you, Anon. There should never be any doubt. But whom shall I pour my love onto if they hide like little anxious children behind fake profiles? Love needs an address. And I needed to focus on my real work rather than distracting the hard working lot from their happy family life. I don’t want to be responsible for them neglecting their loved ones.
          You made the effort to write me here, which is respectworthy. Therefore a final portion of my love to you. Although you also seem to be afraid of giving away your true identity. Why is that? What are you afraid of? Let me know, maybe I can help you. Have a good evening.

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