first_imgMesut Ozil quitting the German national team citing “racism and disrespect” has triggered a larger debate on how immigrants are treated in their adopted nations. The fact that Ozil was born and brought up in Germany and yet faced discrimination because he had Turkish roots made it even more troubling.Now thousands of Germans from ethnic minority backgrounds are coming out with their version of #MeTwo on social media, supporting Ozil and speaking of their own experiences with discrimination.Ozil sensationally quit the German national team after there erupted a major furore over his photograph with Turkish President Erdogan during a charity event in London in May.In the build to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ozil cited, a lot of discriminatory happenings around him and post the humiliating exit of Germany from Russia, a lot of blame was put on Ozil and many within the German FA were party to it.READ – What Mesut Ozil said as he quit German national teamAlso read – German football chief admits to mistakes in handling Mesut Ozil photoGiving a twist to the #MeToo used in the campaign against sexual harrasment, #MeTwo became the trending label in Berlin on Thursday with thousands of second-generation immigrants shared their daily life experiences.”Why ‘two’? Because I am more than one identity,” said Ali Can, a Turkish-German writer and activist, in a Facebook video that launched the campaign.Also read – German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism charge”I didn’t think it would be that many,” Can, 24, told Reuters, after the #metwo posts exploded on German Twitter, adding that it had needed a big event like Ozil’s departure to spark a long-overdue debate on integration in Germany. “It’s an opportunity to talk about integration, and what it actually means to be German,” he added.advertisementWhile America is a “melting pot”, he said: “Here, it’s like a salad bowl: everyone is somehow mixed but next to each other. We hope that we’ll be a bit more like America.”Also read – Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan slams ‘racist’ treatment of Mesut OzilMore than 22 percent of Germany’s population have a foreign background but many migrants share Ozil’s sentiment of being treated as “German when we win, immigrant when we lose,” and that feeling has become stronger since the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Can said.The AfD has risen in popularity due to concerns about the influx of 1.6 million migrants since mid-2014.Also read – Mesut Ozil’s hometown in Turkey switches street-sign in his supportForeign Minister Heiko Maas said the #metwo tweets showed racism was a problem.”It is impressive and painful how many people are speaking out here,” Maas tweeted.Also read – Mesut Ozil does not deserve to be in German team, says Bayern Munich boss”We have to realize that it is the flippant talk at work or the despicable gesture in the train that can sometimes be more painful than the blatant slogans of half-naked people with bald heads,” he said.i think it’s time to acknowledge that Germany is a very racist country and no one should endure this, please do yourself a favor and leave as quick as you can to escape this hell hole! #metwomc froggerson (@send_frogs) July 27, 2018Not me, but someone else on the train. The person who controlled out tickets only checked the two black guys. Not a single white person. Only them and I sat beside them.#MeTwoValentin (@astroprincet) July 27, 2018#MeTwo should be a daily mandatory reading for everyone in Germany (especially non-poc). I am learning a lot.Frederik (@iFrederik) July 27, 2018#metwo “For many germans Racism is a tabu topic. You can read and talk about it, but if you adress it directly, Germans get protective and feel like you just blamed them for the holocaust. You will hear that you are problematic, overly sensitive and trying to disturb the peace”RethinkQuotes (@RethinkQuotes) July 26, 2018#metwo my son’s friend’s been slapped and spat on coz he had a lunchbox to school during ramadan. His classmates told him not to eat, called him dirty pork eater, smelly infidel and that he is bound to go to hell. In 1st grade! Hatred is not a german problem, it’s mankind itself!Nic10do (@NicoOelrichs1) July 26, 2018When I hear Germans talking shit about immigrants I always remind them that I’m one too. The reply is always ‘but you’re one of the good ones’. Apparently white skin & English speaking makes you ‘good’ #MeTwoadvertisementMeg (@riayn) July 27, 2018Yo Germany (and the rest of the world), Go read about what it’s like to grow up German whilst the children of immigrants under #metwo. READ IT, see the sheer volume of it. Don’t look away now.Sofia Diogo Mateus (@sofiadmateus) July 26, 2018Regularly in professional as well as other contexts: “Where are you from?” – “Germany (or Berlin)” – Pause. Facial expression that says “Well yeah, you know what I mean with the question, so why are you not responding?” – No Response – “Where are you REALLY from?” #MeTwoTarik Abou-Chadi (@tabouchadi) July 26, 2018(With Reuters inputs)last_img