My name is Rainer, I was born in Germany during WWII. I spent my first 12 years as a refugee before immigrating to the US with my mother and sister. Refugee life is hard.
My first encounter with US racism was 8 hours after getting off the ship. The Trailway bus taking us from NYC to our sponsors in North Carolina stopped in Maryland. I had to pee. My mother told me to follow the men. I was yanked out of line by a very angry man and shoved into another line. The first line consisted of black men the second line was all white men.
Refugees for the most part did not have it as bad as black folks but then again it was not so different.
I gave up my career as a clinical psychologist in 1998 and since then have focused on using video documentation as an educational tool. My 'African American-Native American-Scotch - and so on' wife Valeria and I devote most of our energy and resources to bridge the racial/cultural divides through our 501(c)3 non-profit Zamani Refuge African Culture Center.
Most recently our focus has been on Osogbo, Nigeria establishing a Sister City relationship between our home town Asheville, NC and Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. You can learn more about us on www. osunpriestess.com