Thanks for this. Very analytical (insert German jokes here). Seriously, though, do you believe that these cultural factors in Germany erode empathy? One has to wonder, Given so much structure and predicatablity in the cultue, and crucially, language syntax and structure, that ANYTHING uncertain or unpredictable can evoke fear. Dark skin, therefore, can produce many uncertainties inthe German mind, not least of which is wondering if that dark stranger speaks German. THAT"s a lot of uncertainty to process in an instant for a group of people accustomed to certainty, even in their everyday speech.