Since When are all Germans Nazi's ????

by conor on October 19, 2015 - 10:46am

 

            In this article, “Moncton Food Truck Owner Says he Faces             Daily Racism” by Alexandra Abdelwahab, published on August 7th, 2015 on Global News about a man who operates his own food truck in Moncton New Brunswick. In this article she depicts the fact that Michael Uberall (Owner), faces racism because he is born in Germany and displays his countries name on his food truck. It has gone far enough as people calling him a Nazi simply because he was born in Germany; however he has lived in Moncton for a while now.

            Michael Uberall shouldn’t be discriminated like this especially in Canada. Being born somewhere shouldn’t be the reason why people like or dislike you. I’m positive that in this situation Mr. Uberall didn’t plan to be born in Germany anymore than someone who was born in Canada. Also how will these acts of calling someone from Germany a “Nazi sh*t” play a role in our children’s mind?  There minds can start comprehending things in the first 30 days of birth, so if they hear people calling everyone who were born in Germany “Nazi sh*t”, then that will lead the children to believe that all German people are like that as well. I also don’t think that they should treat Mr. Uberall’s co-owner the same way as if she was a German even though she grew up in Moncton New Brunswick.

Comments

I am commenting on your post because the title mentions Nazi Germany and I am very interested in History especially world war two. Another reason is that I have friends who live in Germany. Your title caught my attention right away as I believe that is a problem now adays, people automatically associate Germans with Nazi’s even thought the third Reich ended in 1945.
I agree with everything you wrote in your summary. It is very true what you wrote about children’s influence, and how they can perceive racism at a very early age. Studies show that children by the age of 6 months can use racial categories. This in the end means they understand race and it would be a bad thing to have kids thinking racism is good and acceptable. I also agree with the fact you wrote “Being born somewhere shouldn’t be the reason why people like or dislike you.”
I agree with everything you wrote, but for the article, do you think they miss use the term racism. Racism as we learnt in class is when one discriminates due to physical features, being Germany is not a physical feature. Do you think that this is mostly likely discrimination? Should the article be call “Moncton Food Truck Owner Says he Faces Daily discrimination?”

I first was attracted to your post because since elementary school I have been studying the Holocaust and World War II. I agree that Micheal Uberall should not be experiencing racism. He may be from German origin but this does not make him a bad guy simply because he comes from Germany. Stereotyping the man because of his origins and referring him to Nazi’s is pretty extreme. As you have mentioned in your post, such stereotypes can affect children. Children are not blind or deaf. They see and hear all the comments and behaviors adults have towards other. Children who are not taught about race and different cultures will make conclusions for themselves. This will have consequences as they grow older and will have racist ideas about certain racial groups. Especially in this case children who are learning about Nazi’s in school and hear such comments towards the man may associate him to harm that was done in Germany and be scared. Children’s behaviors are not random, they exhibit what they see and hear around them. They replicate the actions of adults they trust, accepting their thoughts and ideas in which this case are negative towards the German people. Do you think Micheal Uberall is exposing himself to these stereotypes and discriminating comments by having the Word Germany on his food truck? Do you think he would experience the same thing if the word was not there?

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