Too Many Adjectives19 Apr 2006
If you've been in Germany too long, sometimes you forget to notice the problems that the mainstream German press has reporting about race. raskal trippin noted the reporting on a racist beating in Potsdam.
from the 4 sentence description on the news in Brandenburg (Berliner Zeitung):
"schwarze Deutscher"/ black German
"fremdenfeinlichen Hintergrund" /xenophobic background
"gebürtige Äethopier" /Ethopian-born
As she says, the story should simply read "Ernyas M., a 37-year-old man from Potsdam, was attacked in a racially motivated hate crime". Everything else is irrelevant.