Racism starts in the head – openness does too! Hand in Hand for more tolerance!
This weekend it is Essen Original, a street festival with live acts on 6 stages and events around town.
On a walk through the side streets, I spotted this billboard created against racism by school children and local businesses. It is so vital in the age of globalization to live together and respect each other. And this is how it should be!
People are multicolored too, not just their ethnic back grounds but their religions, sexual orientation and fashion style and music!
We passed different bands, playing tunes for the tastes of all the flavors in music. Standing out were the DJ who played Techno which seemed very segregated – a much younger white only crowd standing or sitting in groups far apart.
The top spot goes to the Heavy Metal crowd. People always think that they are the ones with the biggest prejudices and true to the myth -there the security was tightest as well. The area was cordoned off and I even had to let a security guy look into my handbag! Surprisingly, not only had they drawn the biggest crowd but all ages and colors were united – just enough space between them to get the old head banging in.
I hear that a lot of the Heavy Metal bands come from Scandinavia, personally – I don’t see the connection, but I don’t care, as long as they don’t incite hatred towards those that are different, in any way underneath it all, the same color blood runs through us – no matter where we come from or what social standing we have…in the end, we end up the same: Dust in the Wind!