With a group of friends – some, like himself, members of Munich’s Foreigners’ Advisory Council – Dipama tried to get into one nightclub after the other. Of the 25 clubs they paid a visit to, 20 turned him and his minority ethnic friends away. Shortly after they were rejected – typical excuses were “it’s a private party” and “you need a reservation” – white German friends also involved in the experiment were let in without problems.
Now Dipama is suing six of the clubs for a symbolic €500 worth of damages, under a German law that forbids the exclusion of anyone from public life (including nightclubs) because of their ethnic origin. The first trial – there have to be individual cases opened for each club – began this week.
Dipama has insisted on taking the complaints to court because simply naming the clubs publicly isn’t enough to change things. In the interview quoted above, he mentions an earlier case of a man of African origin who complained to a Munich club about being refused admission.The club apologized profusely, but it was still among the group to which Dipama was denied entry.
Does this mean that there is systematic racism at work here? Or is it just that the German legal system working better than others in rooting out isolated cases of discrimination?
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