It behooves people who are in contested cultural terrain to, well, contest it.
“Leonid Ilyich, no one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten. But it has so happened that I, a survivor of the Siege of Leningrad, awarded the medal For the Defense of Leningrad, and my husband, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, have to huddle with our daughter in a sixteen-square-meter room on Lublin Alley.”
We’re still teaching economics today without mentioning the living world that we’re destroying, the unpaid care of parents, or the commons, leaving students well short of the worldview they need to take on the 21st century. That’s why they’re rebelling.
We knew even before the NSU that neo-Nazis don’t shy away from killing people. Violence is part of their ideology. Writing “Jena is colorful” on the streets with chalk is nice, but not enough. Nazi activity has to be confronted, and limits imposed.
Everyone is asking themselves when it will finally be enough, when the people here will have suffered enough. Erdoğan’s answer: not for a long time yet.