Vom Umgang mit Rassismus

50 Menschen sind am 15. März in der neuseeländischen Stadt Christchurch bei einem Angriff auf zwei Moscheen von einem 28-jährigen Australier, einem rechtsextremen Terroristen, umgebracht worden. Ganz anders als bei ähnlichen rechtsextremen Angriffen auf Moslems ist der Anschlag in Neuseeland nicht als eine Art unvermeidlicher Unfall angesehen worden. Er hat keine Diskussionen darüber hervorgerufen, ob der Islam zu Neuseeland gehört oder nicht. Die neuseeländische Ministerpräsidentin Jacinta Ardern hat klargestellt, dass dies ein Anschlag auf die Freiheit aller Neuseeländer ist, und gerade auch auf die Freiheit und das Recht auf die Ausübung ihres Glaubens oder ihrer Religion. 

Wir halten Jacinta Arderns Rede an der Trauerfeier für außergewöhnlich und bemerkenswert und zitieren einige Ausschnitte daraus nachstehend und in der Originalsprache englisch. Wenn Sie die ganze Rede von Ministerpräsidentin Ardern lesen möchten, nutzen Sie bitte den angegebenen Link.
“Over the past two weeks we have heard the stories of those impacted by this terrorist attack. They were stories of bravery. They were stories of those who were born here, grew up here, or who had made New Zealand their home. Who had sought refuge, or sought a better life for themselves or their families. These stories, they now form part of our collective memories. They will remain with us forever. They are us.

But with that memory comes a responsibility. A responsibility to be the place that we wish to be. A place that is diverse, that is welcoming, that is kind and compassionate. Those values represent the very best of us.

But even the ugliest of viruses can exist in places they are not welcome.
Racism exists, but it is not welcome here. An assault on the freedom of any one of us who practices their faith or religion, is not welcome here. Violence, and extremism in all its forms, is not welcome here. And over the last two weeks we have shown that, you have shown that, in your actions.

From the thousands at vigils to the 95 year old man who took four buses to attend a rally because he couldn’t sleep from the sadness of seeing the hurt and suffering of others. Our challenge now is to make the very best of us, a daily reality.

Because we are not immune to the viruses of hate, of fear, of other. We never have been. But we can be the nation that discovers the cure. And so to each of us as we go from here, we have work to do, but do not leave the job of combatting hate to the Government alone.

We each hold the power, in our words and in our actions, in our daily acts of kindness. Let that be the legacy of the 15th of March. To be the nation we believe ourselves to be.

To the global community who have joined us today, who reached out to embrace New Zealand, and our Muslim community, to all of those who have gathered here today, we say thank you. And we also ask that the condemnation of violence and terrorism turns now to a collective response. The world has been stuck in a vicious cycle of extremism breeding extremism and it must end.

We cannot confront these issues alone, none of us can. But the answer to them lies in a simple concept that is not bound by domestic borders, that isn’t based on ethnicity, power base or even forms of governance. 

The answer lies in our humanity.”

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Mit nachdenklichen Grüßen

Helmut Seuffert



“... even the ugliest of viruses can exist in places they are not welcome. Racism exists, but it is not welcome here. ... Violence and extremism in all its forms is not welcome here..”