Tübingen (dpa / lsw) - At the request of the base, the Green State Party Congress in Baden-Württemberg should decide on Saturday whether the party should initiate an exclusion procedure against the Mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer.
Almost 20 members of the Greens, including five from the Tübingen district association, applied for Palmer to be excluded from the party for "racist statements".
In the explanation it says: "The measure is full."
Palmer had previously caused a stir on Facebook with statements about former national soccer player Dennis Aogo.
At the party conference in Stuttgart, it was expected that the motion, which was actually made too late, would still be voted on because of urgency. The Southwest Greens actually wanted to advise and vote on the coalition agreement with the CDU. The state party had already suggested Palmer's exit in May 2020 and threatened him with an expulsion process. Even then, Palmer had caused outrage several times with provocative statements, including a sentence about dealing with corona patients. "We may save people in Germany who would be dead in six months anyway," he said in an interview.
Currently there is a discussion with Facebook users, in which Palmer took up a quote attributed to Aogo on Friday and commented, obviously ironically: "Aogo is a bad racist."
As a justification, he referred to an unverified Facebook comment in which it had been claimed without any evidence that Aogo had used the N-word for himself.
The term N-Wort is used today to describe a racist term used in Germany for black people.
Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock said on Saturday morning: «The statement by Boris #Palmer is racist and repulsive. Appealing to irony afterwards does not undo it. The whole thing is part of ever new provocations that exclude and hurt people. Boris Palmer has therefore lost our political support. After the new incident, our state and federal committees will discuss the corresponding consequences, including exclusion procedures. "
Palmer himself stated in a long Facebook statement on Saturday that he had exaggerated a debate with the stylistic device of irony into the grotesque.
"Linking my criticism of Aogo and Lehmann's ban on appearing with racism is as absurd as declaring Dennis Aogo a" bad racist "because racist statements are put into his mouth on the Internet."
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Palmer statement on Facebook
Original Palmer entry on "Cancel Culture"
Application to the state party conference
Decision of the Southwest Greens from May 2020 with the threat of regulatory proceedings