February 16, 2018
Are hajis ashamed of their own heritage?
Why is a reference to their camel jockying offensive to them?
Germany’s Turkish community plans to bring criminal charges against a senior member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) for calling Turks “camel drivers” who should return to their “mud huts and polygamy”.
Andre Poggenburg, AfD head in the state of Saxony Anhalt who was reprimanded by his party last year for using neo-Nazi slogans, made the comments on Ash Wednesday, when German politicians traditionally hold fiery speeches.
“These camel drivers should go off to where they belong: far, far beyond the Bospurus to their mud huts and polygamy,” Poggenburg told party members, calling Turks living in Germany “camel traders” and an “unpatriotic rabble”.
They are patriotic. Just for their own country.
That shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. It is difficult to be patriotic for someone else’s country.
The association representing Germany’s Turkish community said it would bring charges against Poggenburg for inciting hatred, with its leader Gokay Sofuoglu noting that the constitution prohibits incitement, defamation and discrimination.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also accused Poggenburg of stirring hatred.
As a white man, I also have a heritage that involves riding on animals.
I certainly would not be bothered if some nonwhite person referred to me as a “horse rider.”