region: Augsburg
Minority protection

Rename the hotel “drei Mohren” in Augsburg, Germany

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We want the hotel “Drei Mohren” to rename itself! We propose to only use their “brandname” steigenberger like they do in other cities like Munich or to take a stand against racism and use the name “drei Möhren”.

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Reason

Why? We as the amnesty international youth group of Augsburg decided to commit ourselves to the city Augsburg as a city of peace in which we want values like solidarity and equality. In that sense we want to raise awareness in society for topics like colonialism, which traces are in our language and actions until today, and which shows in daily racism, discrimination and difficulties in living together as one society. During this international decade for people of African origins, as declared by the UN, we want to draw attention to the racist intent of the German word “mohr”. The origins of this word trace back to the colonialist past of Germany and is outdated word for people with darker skin colour. In the course of history it was used to degrade black people. The origins of the word “mohr” are found in the Greek word “maurus”, meaning stupid, dumb, and Latin “maurus”, black, from African origin. “Mohr” still has the negative connotation of a servant or even slave because royal german slave owners used the word on their slaves. As liberal young people of different origins we find it shocking that such a word still finds place in our hometown and country, especially as the name of a rennomated hotel. Every time we have to walk past it we recall (our own) encounters with racism which are normal for many people in Germany. Because of these reasons we want you to support the renaming of this hotel and to stop the degradation and discrimination of our fellow black citizens in Augsburg. Like every other violation of others this should be reason enough to hesitate and rethink how we can change something. The black community in Germany (ISD) points this out since many years and proposes to change racist and colonialist names for names of people who campaign for peace and equality. Since world war 2 this has been done but there is much more to do. Show our support and sign our petition to set a sign for democracy, equality and against racism

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You cannot properly judge a word by its origin. Eg "circular" is not a characteristic commonly attributed to desks (from greek "diskos"). The german word "Mohr" is essentially outdated and out of use, which might indeed give it a strange feeling. However the very fact that the petition's authors seem to feel the need to use etymology might be seen as an indication that even to them the word by itself does not actually feel that offensive.

Why people sign

  • on 07 Aug 2019

    "Das ist Tradition" kann ja wohl im Jahre 2019 kein Argument mehr dafür sein, einen rassistischen Namen beizubehalten. Das geht gar nicht!

  • on 29 Jul 2019

    It's obvious

  • on 26 Jul 2019

    As a black german I am deeply offended by the term you use. It is archaic, offensive and therefore long understood as racist. It is not necessary to keep using it.

  • on 25 Jul 2019

    because I am against every form of racism!!!

  • on 04 Dec 2018

    In Stuttgart we have a restaurant with the same name and it caught my eye, so i wanted to know more. Racism from all sides is bad and shouldn't be tolerated.

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