How do you argue with a racist

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Racism is an ideology that evaluates people as a group (so-called “race”) based on their appearance or their supposed origin. Characteristics such as skin color, height, language or, in some cases, cultural characteristics such as clothing and customs are used by racists to classify and differentiate. All people who supposedly do not belong to their own group are viewed by them as inferior. If people are judged and devalued not according to their individual characteristics or actions, but as part of a supposedly homogeneous group, then that is racism. An alleged upgrading of a person through the alleged belonging to a group is also racism - this type of racism is called positive racism.

The federal budget for 2019 provides just under 345 billion euros in revenue. In 2018, 14.8 billion euros were spent on refugees, which corresponded to 4.9 percent of the federal budget. So the money is there. In addition, refugees also pay taxes: on products that they buy or when they go to work. Part of the money therefore flows back to the state. As one of the strongest economies in the world, there is great wealth in Germany, although relatively few people have it. This distribution is also a political issue. The state can redistribute part of this wealth through taxes to the poorer part of the population, to which refugees in Germany often belong. With specific changes to the law, the state can improve the situation of refugees and enable people to develop independent life prospects. Integration into the labor market, for example, not only creates more secure life prospects for refugees, but also relieves the German state. We colleagues do not allow ourselves to be split!

The talk of the "economic refugee" opens up a division that fails to recognize the reality in their countries of origin. War, political conflicts and crises, poverty and hunger are often intertwined. The term "economic refugee" pits those who flee from war and violence against those who leave their homeland because of hunger, lack of prospects and poverty. They are denied legitimate reasons to flee and are accused of "wanting to have a good life with us". But where do the hunger and the lack of prospects come from? These can be the result of (civil) wars. But they can also be the result of the capitalist world market, which disadvantages the countries of the global south and causes poverty. Or they are the result of drought crises and floods as a result of climate change. The refugees' lack of prospects, which is why they first embark on dangerous escape routes, has global reasons. Anyone who calls people who come to Europe because of a missing or destroyed livelihood as "economic refugees" who "only want to enter our social system" deliberately ignores the plight of these people.

The German social system is there to ensure that everyone in Germany has a livelihood. However, anyone who has "enjoyed" benefits such as unemployment benefit Ⅱ knows that the German state generally does not distribute gifts. Refugees in Germany are entitled to EUR 344 basic benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, which is 20 percent less than the subsistence level according to the unemployment benefit Ⅱ standard rate. In initial reception centers, asylum seekers can be paid 135 euros in cash as pocket money, the rest is handed over in the form of benefits in kind. It is correct that the German state pays for the accommodation and care of asylum seekers. At least in the first few months, until they can build an independent perspective on life with their own apartment and their own job. Asylum seekers have just six square meters of living space available in the asylum procedure. Some refugees are not allowed to take care of themselves, but have to pay with vouchers in the supermarket. You may only redeem these for certain products and only in certain shops. Self-determination looks different. It is not the state benefits in Germany that move people to flee, but life-threatening conditions such as war, persecution and environmental disasters.

At first glance, it is incomprehensible why refugees, in times of a globally expanded flight network, take on the life-threatening risks of fleeing through deserts, across the Mediterranean Sea and across militarized borders. It's not the money. The tugs are more expensive than a plane ticket would be. Rather, the reason is the EU Directive 2001/51 / EC, according to which the airlines bear the return travel costs of passengers who are turned away by the border officials. Airlines therefore pay close attention to whether people have valid entry documents. In order to enter legally, the refugees would need a visa from the German embassy. However, many embassies in war zones are not manned at all. But even in the embassies that still work during a state of war, visas are not usually issued. Because in order to obtain a visa, people must be able to assure the officials that they will return to their country of origin after their visa has expired. Less privileged people cannot provide this proof and often actually have the goal of applying for asylum in Europe. Since air travel is made impossible, refugees have to take extremely dangerous routes. Many of you do not survive this journey.

Our society consists of a wide variety of individuals. Children and adults, couples and singles, workers and job seekers, trade unionists and employers, urban and rural residents as well as people with and without a history of displacement. This diversity and individuality is what defines our society. Nevertheless, there is often an idea of ​​how people who come to Germany behave and what they have to adapt to. The question arises as to which values ​​and norms people should adapt to - there is simply no such thing as a German guiding culture that all Germans orient themselves to. It is clear that the German laws apply as holding lines for everyone. In addition, in the difficult situation that refugees find themselves in, it makes sense to first short-circuit with people who are in a similar life situation - especially if there are language barriers. However, the institutions do not make it easy for those who want to get involved in existing systems and structures in Germany. Refugees sometimes experience everyday racism and state politics also promote the separation of citizens and refugees. This happens through labor market restrictions, a lack of places in language courses and the spatial isolation through living in accommodation. This is where the German population and the state are in demand. The former could take action against everyday racism or provide specific support to refugees in their situation, while the latter must improve the legal situation. The demand for integration is therefore not a one-way street. It cannot be aimed exclusively at immigrants, but is a task for society as a whole, which we can only solve together.