When I arrived in Germany as a young kid, I absolutely loved the German game of tag

“When I arrived in Germany as a young kid, I absolutely loved the German game of tag called ‘Schwarzer Mann’ (Black Man). In my class, I was the only black child. The basic idea was that one person was ‘It’ (the black man), and would tag the other players who were running back and forth between two safe zones. I thought I was lucky and special for I was always chosen to be the ‘It’. Even the teachers and my friends patted on my back to go forward. Only when I learned the language and reflected back on my childhood that I discovered that the joke was on me. Let me tell you, I felt humiliated and betrayed.”

(Bonn, Germany)

“Markaan imid wadanka Jarmalka anigoo cunug yar ah, waxaan aad u jeclaa ciyaar Jarmal la oranjiray ‘Ninka Madow’. Fasalkayga aniga oo kali baa madow ka ahaa. Ujeedada ciyaartu waxa weeye, ninka madow waa nin xun oo waa inaad ka carartid. Marka ardayda fasalka iyo macalimiinta, markasta anigay ii dooranjireen inaan noqday ninka laga cararo. Waxaan dib ka ogaaday, markii aan luuqadda Jarmalka bartay, oo dib u eegay nolosheeyda ciyaalnimo, in ahayd ciyaar cunsurnimo oo aniga la igu dan lahaa. Waxaan dareemay in la i bahdilay isla markaana la i khiyaameeyey.”

(Bonn, Germany)

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