New role for Aminata Toure, German Green with African roots

Aminata Toure, a German with Malian roots and the new deputy speaker of Schleswig-Holstein’s state parliament, wants to do things differently in politics. She has called for transparency and expanding civic engagement.

Aminata Touré (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Rehder)

Aminata Toure, who was voted deputy speaker of Schleswig-Holstein’s state parliament on Wednesday, is self-confident and passionately fights for her policies. She wants to do things differently and has called for government to be more transparent and for leaders to get closer to the people.

Toure calls herself Afrodeutsche (Afro-German), the term embraced by black feminist movements. “I can easily identify with it,” Toure told DW. She said she would like to do more for black people in Germany, as well as for people whose parents were born abroad, as her parents were. Over 20% of Germans have ancestors who were born abroad in recent decades. But that population is underrepresented in politics. She wants to change that.

Her parents fled from Mali to Germany after the 1991 coup, ending up in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Though she was born in the city of Neumünster, Toure was not granted German citizenship until she was 12.

Toure spent the first years of her life in a shelter for displaced people. The family lived in constant uncertainty as to whether they would be permitted to stay in Germany. Continue reading…

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