“Cities have always been places that initiate social change, where experiments are dared, that give space to different identities,” Landecker Fellow Evein Obulor suggests in her article written for Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, a German news outlet.
In her written piece, Evein encourages the city of Heidelberg and its inhabitants to “ask the right questions,” hoping that racism as well as Heidelberg’s colonial history would become more talked about. As Evein explains: “there is an infinite amount to tell.”
I hope that “we’ll talk about racism” is not a phase that ends after two weeks.
The article is available in German here. The article is the introduction to the new series titled “From here,” through which Evein hopes to focus on people who have developed diverse anti-racism strategies and remind us that the people affected by racism themselves are diverse as well. Finally, it should give us the chance to listen and learn.
Evein is one of thirty Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.