This thesis explores the complexities of constructing a German identity as a black German. The recent emergence of Germany's black minority group was generally perceived as an opportunity to reevaluate Germanness as it has been understood in the past. However, this thesis shows that a reevaluation of Germanness lacks full support because traditional German ideals of racial superiority continue to exist in the consciousness of all Germans - black and white. This suggests that theories of racial superiority continue to determine belonging and identity construction in Germany. Above all, the presence of Western racial ideology in black German identity construction signifies a development of self-rejection and the disunity of the black German population. This thesis explores these effects through black German literature, survey interviews and German media.
College and Department
Germanic and Slavic Languages
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dube-Luvai, Valerie M.C.E., ""Ja, Ich habe einen deutschen Pass, aber ich bin doch schwarz": Black German Confrontations with Blackness" (2002). All Theses and Dissertations. 6663.
Blacks, Race discrimination, Ethnic relations, Germany