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Germany's Nightclubs Get Called Out for Racism

Munich's bouncers are allegedly turning away people of color without reason. Can a handful of lawsuits make that stop?
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Last year, Munich resident Hamado Dipama decided that he'd had enough of being turned away from the city's nightclubs. Born in Burkina Faso, the 38-year-old had experienced what he suspected was racial profiling at club entrances time and again, leaving him feeling hurt and frustrated. As he explained to Süddeutsche Zeitung:

It's a humiliation that Dipama is far from alone in experiencing. In the past few years, nightclubs across Germany have been sued for turning away (sober, appropriately dressed) members of ethnic minorities – including this high-profile case in the city of Hanover. This could suggest that the actual incidence of such discrimination is actually higher. Proving that a club has rejected you solely for your ethnicity is hard, however, when clubs routinely make decisions about who they let in that can seem rude and arbitrary.