Racism in Tunisia, Islamophobia in Germany and hatred in the USA
Racist attitudes towards black migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, for whom Tunisia is a transit point on their way to Europe, are rising among Tunisians. On social media, they are portrayed as invaders, criminals and rapists who want to displace Tunisians. Migrants highlight that they face racist attacks, evictions, dismissals and inhumane treatment by the country’s authorities following a xenophobic speech by Tunisian President Kais Saied.
Many of Germany’s 5.5 million Muslims claim they experience discrimination, racist behaviour and Islamophobia on a daily basis. Almost every week, damage to property or graffiti paintings in the local mosques is reported. In a survey by the German Council of Experts on Integration and Migration in autumn 2022, between ⅓ and half of the 15,000 respondents expressed anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic attitudes.
According to FBI data, in 2021, the USA faced record levels of hate crimes. More than 9,000 such crimes were reported then, representing a 12% increase from 2020. More than 12,000 Americans were targeted for hostile behaviour due to the offender’s prejudice against race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability or ethnicity. In 2233 cases, the violence was motivated by prejudice against the black skin colour of victims. In contrast, the number of attacks on people of Asian descent increased from around 250 in 2020 to 746 in 2021, almost tripling.