Being “Black” in Germany

Good evening everyone!

Being sick and stuck in bed the past week has given me a lot of time to think of things to say/do when I am feeling better BUT UNTIL THAT DAY COMES I WILL MAKE A BLOG POST. I made a wonderful video lightly skimming the surface about being a “Woman of Color” here in Germany. I get asked often what it is like here in regards to racism and in general just being brown.

As always I am here to speak (well type) about what my experiences have been and what my opinion on the matter is. If you are looking for a hate filled post you might as well go to another blog or something BECAUSE IT AIN’T HAPPENING HURRR.

I know that a lot of people still think of Germany as this racist nation full of Hitler loving blonde hair blue eyed soldiers BUT sorry to break it to you THAT’S NOT TRUE. Germany is one of the most diverse countries in the world (personal opinion). Germany is surrounded/bordered by so many different countries that it is inevitable that it would be a melting pot PLUS they have Berlin…Which is basically Multi-Culti capital.

I do understand there is tension due to the whole “refugee crisis”(ughhh) as some like to say, which leads me to point 1…. The “racism” that I see in Germany has nothing to do with African Americans but with Middle Eastern & African folks. I feel like Turkish, Syrian, Nigerian  etc. etc. people get the sh*t end of the stick here in Germany. I am not saying they are treated horribly but I do see and hear people say things that sound a little “iffy” or I have to ask myself “Is that really necessary to say or do to/about these people?”

In regards to being identified here, I have never once had to list my “race” … SKIN COLOR….as an identifier. I mean I got in a lot of trouble for not deciding between the two religions they offered BUT I am still here and standing. I have not had to list my race for getting an ID card or for voting or for ANYTHING. In the US I had to list my race on college applications, test, voters registration application or drivers license.

I get a few stares, I get a few “woher kommst du?” and I get a few people that think my hair is a sponge BUT that’s not too harmful and I feel like I can educate people when they seem to be a little perplexed. As most people know I have an obsession with Germany. I really love it here and I feel that Germany and the people here are not able to love their country or their culture. Germany is a bustling land of culture and history, which has come so far from it’s past and I believe the best way to get over this “racist/nazi” Germany mindset is to just MOVE ON PEOPLE. Seriously, we do not have to forget but we can very easily scoot scoot into the future.

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Goodnight ❤ Love ya

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Just Jayley

Good evening friends!

 

It’s been a long time.. I know and I feel like I start every single post off the same way.. “I’m busy, I have no time…etc. etc.” HOWEVER here I am writing to yall! I have been extremely busy and will be extremely busy for the rest of the month ❤

Moving on to happier topics. JACKIE IS HERE! YALL HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM. Jackie = my friend from America and she will be living in Munich for 1 year… PLUS she only lives 15 minutes away from me (I might cry). I finally have a wine buddy, I finally have a mean girls watching, netflix chilling, cuddle bug girl around. I no longer have to search for friends *_*

With all that being said be expecting Jayley = Jackie & Hayley videos posted on Youtube…. WOOOOP ❤

Love ya xoxo

Isar Swimming.

 

Good morning friends!

I feel as though I will start my next blog posts off talking about the weather because the weather in Munich is about to go downhill quickly in the next few weeks. Summer is almost over here in good ole’ Germany. I think once I get back from Sardinia….There will be snow on the ground here (haha just kidding).

The only way to get the authentic summer feeling here in the city center of wonderful Munich is to go to the Isar. I feel like such an artsy-fartsy person when I say “let’s go to the isar and “chill””. The other day I met Dominique (some of yall already know her) at the Isar for drinks, snacks and a good time. What I was not prepared for was swimming in the wonderful Munich Ocean.

YALL….IT WAS FREAKING COLD. When I say cold, I mean legit ice cubes were in the water floating next to me. I applaud anyone that does this on a normal basis….You’re hardcore. I do have to say it was relatively refreshing for being so cold.

THE PICTURES MAY BE A LITTLE RISQUE. IT’S JUST A BIKINI 😛 More pictures might be posted…DONT KNOW YET

 

 

Love ya<3