It’s still a little tough for a German to get a fair shake in this country…
Subtle shades of bigotry and discrimination are very much alive today. The latest example being the recent homicide in Detroit where socialite / marketing exec Jane Bashara was found murdered in her car, with husband Bob Bashar‘s now a person of interest in case.
Yeap, they found her in her car, but just not in any car, mind you. It was a German-made Mercedes-Benz. Hence some national and local news media calling it, the MERCEDES MURDER. Stereotyping by association or plutocratic, teutonic racism?
What if the victim had been found in her KIA—would there have been a slight against Koreans?
Would it have been called the Kia Killing?
Or if it had been a Detroit built FORD? Or God forbid, she’d have been found jammed into a trendy little FIAT.
Would the news media have even taken notice?
But no, it had to be in a MERCEDES with a nod to us beaten down Germans and immigrants.
Can you imagine if it had been reported that the lady had been of African-American descent and was found alongside a bucket of half consumed Church’s Fried Chicken?
They would have called it a hate crime and lynched the news hounds.
Ok, so maybe I’m reading too much into the reporting of the MERCEDES MURDER, but as a German I’m tired of putting up with the Sgt. Schultz radio voiceovers during Oktoberfest. Can you blame me?