I bet the krauts are gonna be even goofier than the Brits at this
Just because it’s not a crime doesn’t mean it isn’t pure hatred of the color of the skin.
Or, for that matter: hatred of the length of the nose.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, a heavily populated state in western Germany, the local government announced that it is setting up four reporting centers for “anti-queer and racist incidents.”
At these centers, citizens will be able to report activities “below the limit of punishability” – meaning activities that are not considered criminal offenses under German law.
In addition to the already launched anti-Semitism reporting center, the establishment of four further reporting centers has now begun. They focus on the following topics:
1) anti-queer activities
2) anti-Muslim racism
3) antiziganism (discriminations against Roma and Sinti people, “gypsies”)
4) anti-Black, anti-Asian and other forms of racism.
“We have set a number of goals for the new legislative period to further reduce discrimination in our society,” said North Rhine-Westphalia’s Family Minister Josefine Paul.
Die NRW Landesregierung registriert jetzt Nicht-Verbrechen. Kafka hätte es sich nicht schöner ausdenken können. Die nächste Stufe ist dann wohl die Statistik für Gedankenverbrechen. Die @CDUNRW_de hat den Regierungssitz teuer bezahlt. pic.twitter.com/ykBUBw0Xza
— Birgit Kelle (@Birgit_Kelle) July 15, 2022
“The establishment of the reporting centers is an important first step,” she added. “With this system of reporting centers, which is unique in Germany, we also want to register incidents of discrimination that are below the threshold of punishability and are therefore not recorded in the police statistics.”
This will give us an even more comprehensive picture and enable us to draw important conclusions for intervention and prevention. I am pleased that we have found experienced and well-networked sponsors for the four additional hotlines, who are now taking care of setting up the facilities.
Paul is responsible for the project of setting up the reporting centers. She is a member of the left-wing Green Party and lives in a same-sex relationship with Saxony’s Justice Minister Katja Meier, who is also a member of the Green Party.
Josefine Paul (right) and her “wife” Katja Meier
According to the state government’s website, work is also being done on a coordinated database system in which the reported cases of discrimination are recorded, analyzed and documented. The state government is providing 140,000 euros for the establishment of each of the four reporting centers. The centers are scheduled to start operation in mid-2023.
Democracy doesn’t only destroy freedom. Obviously, it does destroy freedom.
But it also destroys the desire for freedom. The population of a democracy does not care about freedom.