Racist German Pub Bans Black People For “Selling Drugs”
Right, because every black person is a drug dealer. SMH.
“I’m not a racist, but I’ve decided to ban black people from my public house, because black people sell so many drugs here,” landlord Günter Liesert, 72, was quoted as saying in the Berliner Kurier last Monday. Within a week, reports of the ban and Liesert’s quote had exploded across blogs and social media, together with outraged comments and threats against the 48-year-old establishment.
“Racists such as Günther Liesert cannot be given an inch of room in Kreuzberg, Berlin or anywhere. Racism deserves zero tolerance and no space in newspapers,” wrote one person on a left-wing blog. “It would be nice if the pub did not live to see its fiftieth anniversary.”
By Tuesday evening in the quiet, smoky, traditional pub, known as an Eckkneipe, the number of first-time visitors was causing concern for the patrons. Liesert denied ever saying he had banned black people from his pub. The offensive tone of his words printed in the Kurier, along with the implication that all black people are drug dealers and vice versa was unintentional, he insisted. “We let anybody in here who is polite,” said Liesert. “I don’t have anything at all against coloured people. I’ve got something against them selling drugs on the street outside my window.”
“The dealers are always coming in here to change big notes and often get aggressive. Then I tell them to get out,” he added. Liesert, like other residents, said he just wants the park back. “They’re poor devils,” he said, referring to the dealers. “If they want to come here and make a better life for themselves in Germany I’ve personally got nothing against that.”
But it is the association between the dealers’ skin colour and their profession, often reiterated in the German press, which makes his comments so offensive to many. “When I first saw [the comments] on Facebook I had to laugh, they’re just so absurd,” Liz Gray, 31, a Berlin-based Briton of Jamaican descent told The Local.
“But then I started to feel uncomfortable when I thought of the wider implications. I’m personally offended, but I’m not really shocked.”
“I feel a bit sorry for the owner but not enough to condone his choice of words,” she added. “It’s wrong to cast all people with the same brush.”
Anyone who says these keys phrases – “I’m not racist, but…” or “the coloureds” is clearly a freaking racist. SMH.