“Racism is not something punctual in one’s biography, something that happens once or twice, but rather an accumulation of violent events that are present in all spheres of everyday life, and which give continuity to the past, by repeating an historical colonial pattern of abuse. One is haunted by racism, which like a ghost insists on invading and interrupting one’s normal sense of safety and of life. Being traumatized is precisely to be possessed by an experience, that keeps haunting us. The use of Blackface in contemporary german theaters is an example of how the violent past revisits the present and how one’s private sphere is assaulted by racism – recalling a colonial trauma.”
- Grada Kilomba In ”PASTINAKEN RAUS” by Matthias Weinzierl and Till Schmidt, Munich, May 2016.