The first thought of Germany does not spark any thoughts of people of color. The population of Africans must be quite low. So low, that the first bi-racial person to assume office there has made the news!
According to African Views, Germany has recently joined the rest of Europe as they voted in their first German of African descent for mayor. John Ehret, 40, is the son of an African American soldier and a native German mother. He won the local elections without campaigning in the small village of 4,000, called Mauer near Heidelberg on June 1.
Ehret worked in Germany’s FBI equivalent, the BKA, but he didn’t have the greatest beginning in life. He didn’t really get to know his parents. All he knows of his father was that he was a soldier in the city of Karlsruhe and his mother gave him to a children’s home at the age of two as it was discovered that she had a brain tumor. He was adopted at the age of six by the Ehret family from Mauer and says he has never been the victim of racism even though he was the only black child in the city.
Congratulations Mauer! Welcome to the rest of the world. Read more interesting details of his life here.