Explanation of terms

Racism is a form of discrimination in which people are classified by others as "not belonging" on the basis of external characteristics such as skin color or the shape of their eyes, origin or language and are therefore treated less favorably or unequally.

Discrimination occurs when people are disadvantaged, harassed or marginalized on the basis of one or more protected characteristics. Protected characteristics are defined in the General Equal Treatment Act:

  • racist attributions
  • religion or belief
  • age
  • physical, mental or psychological impairment
  • gender
  • sexual identity

Unequal treatment on the basis of one of these characteristics is prohibited in all areas of life.

The decisive factor here is the effect: discrimination does not only occur when it is intended.


All motifs of the #JenaSchauHin campaign are based on selected incidents that have actually occurred in our city and have been reported to the Anti-Discrimination Office.

They are an exemplary selection of racially motivated discrimination and hostility experienced by residents of Jena.

The people shown are not the actual victims. In order to protect them, characteristics such as age, gender or country of origin may vary in the motives and case descriptions.

The incidents, affected areas of life and statements made are reproduced exactly as they were reported to the Anti-Discrimination Agency.