We left Bamberg yesterday, and today I am back at work already. So, here is the very last thing from Bamberg. I have noticed that many visitors really react to the fact that there is a lot of images and phrases that are quite… racially un-pc around the place both in Austria and Germany. Even Bamberg has a ‘negro-house’ which really sent my eyebrows to the roof. In case you are wondering why, here’s a small explanation:
Mohr is usually not used in an ‘innocent’ way. But the continued use (for example in the dessert ‘Mohr in Hemd’ in Austria which means ‘black man in shirt’, as it is chocolate pudding with cream) makes me think of one thing: Is racism decided by the way in which the words are meant when uttered, or by those who are affected and/or offended by them? Surely, if they are disturbing to some groups in society, the insistence on the continued use of these terms and images by those who refuse to let them go is bordering on racism, perhaps also quite blatant displays thereof?