With Karamba to the Bundestag
My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament
Reading and Discussion with Karamba Diaby as Part of the New German Stories series (audio recording available, in German)
“No, not you!” a canteen employee called to Karamba Diaby on his first day at the Bundestag. She had concluded from his appearance that he must be in the wrong place. And people still seem surprised when Karamba Diaby, member of parliament, responds in German and not Mandingo.
Through his humor, Karamba Diaby topples prejudices and reveals several forms of everyday racism in Germany that was “not meant like that.” In his book Mit Karamba in den Bundestag. Mein Weg vom Senegal ins deutsche Parlament (With Karamba to the Bundestag. My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament), he tells of his birth country Senegal, of life in the GDR and his work in the Bundestag. And not least of his vision of an open and future-oriented society.