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Belit Onay (Grüne) Portrait von Sven Brauers

Lord Mayor Run-Off-Commentary

More diversity in the townhall

My commentary on the Lord Mayor Election in Hannover which sends a great signal for our liberal-minded state capital.

  Claudia Ermel | 10.11.2019

Yippie! The first Lord Mayor of Hannover with an obvious migration background was elected by an impressive majority on Sunday. Although yes - if I think about it - we all have immigrant backgrounds. According to scientifically proven findings, our ancestors are all from migrants out of Africa or from Southern Europe.Only there the roots of all people are supposed to lie. So this cancels things out The first Lord Mayor of Hannover, aware of his migration background, was elected by an impressive majority on Sunday.

Why is that so important for Welt-in-Hannover.de? Well, we hope that this mayor, who incidentally is called Belit Onay, best understands how important for Hannover a multilingual medium like our website is, to reach the diverse citizenships of this city and also to continue in the efforts to bring about a new edition of the LIP .

The parents: curse or blessing

"But I do not want a Turkish Mayor in Hannover," said an older member of our exchange ring recently. To clarify that again: Belit Onay is not a Turk. He was born in Goslar, just like me by the way, and graduated from our time-honoured Ratsgymnasium just like me. But Belit has Turkish parents. For this reason alone, but also because of its open-minded nature, we can hope for a valuable dialogue with and understanding of migrant organizations and initiatives.Who knows, maybe we will not have to listen to such weird sayings soon, people will be able to learn.

Anyway, Belit Onay has been socialized in our culture since childhood. OK, his parents have migrated from Turkey to Germany. But let's be honest: do we actually know whose parents in the Third Reich were "tight" Nazis? Or whose grandparents have pacts with slavers? I can think of a lot of things, which could be regarded more as a blemish than the "innocent" country of origin. Where children should never be blamed for their parents, I think. At any rate, different nationalities are more of a bonus in times of cosmopolitanization. Especially with regard to the application for the Capital of Culture, Hannover sends a positive signal here: a mayor of Turkish descent in a German state capital: that is innovative and exciting.

Who knows, perhaps later we will be ready for an African, or at least for a POC.(person of colour)

Photo: Sven Brauers

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Schirmherrin des Projekts Welt-in-Hannover.de ist Frau Doris Schröder-Köpf, Landesbeauftragte für Migration und Teilhabe.

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