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Blonde blunder no reason to quit: Billström

Blonde blunder no reason to quit: Billström

Published: 21 Mar 2013 16:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Mar 2013 16:15 GMT+01:00

Tobias Billström, Sweden's embattled migration minister, has apologized once again for his recent "blonde, blue-eyed" comment, a blunder that already prompted a harsh rebuke from the prime minister.

After a Q&A session in the Riksdag, Billström told reporters on Thursday that he had not, despite the uproar, considered resigning at any point in the past few days.

"When you mess up you apologize, get your act together, and shape up in your job," he told the TT news agency.

The furore stems from a newspaper interview on Monday about rejected asylum seekers hiding in Sweden, which contained the blonde comment by Billström that sparked a near immediate backlash.

"Sometimes we have this image that people in hiding live with a nice Swedish lady in her fifties or sixties who wants to help," Billström told DN.

"But that's not how it is. Most of them live with their countrymen who aren't at all blonde and blue-eyed."

Angry reactions were quick to pile up.

Christian Democrat leader and government colleague Göran Hägglund said Billström's choice of words was "inappropriate".

Among the government coalition's opponents, Social Democrat MP and integration policy spokeswoman Ylva Johansson took to Twitter to describe Billström's formulation as "unpleasant and dangerous".

A day later, the prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, joined in the criticism.

"He's made a few mistakes recently," Reinfeldt told the TT news agency.

"Therefore, I've made it clear to Tobias Billström that the way to regain confidence is by holding himself to the humanitarian line we have in our policies."

On Thursday, the beleaguered minister took to the floor of parliament to address the fracas.

"I want to apologize for how I chose to express myself," he said.

"I also want to confirm that I will work hard and be even clearer than before that I am on board the government's line on having a humane asylum policy."

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16:48 March 21, 2013 by goldenabdullah
Two weeks ago the Local's Swede of the Week was some woman who was guilty of tax fraud. Now the Local can't get enough of trashing this little dude who's sin was to make some dopey comment. Nuf said.
16:59 March 21, 2013 by Twiceshy
Of course Fredrik Reinfeldt and Göran Hägglund disapprove, they don't seem to be blonde or blue eyed themselves! :P
17:20 March 21, 2013 by TG22
Quit the job for saying the truth? Well, that's why today we have the headline "Swede jailed for plotting terror crimes in Cyprus"...
17:34 March 21, 2013 by FlyinRyans35
I have never seen such a small comment be blown so out of proportion. I remember a time when it was okay to be have blonde hair and blue eyes in Sweden.
18:22 March 21, 2013 by AquamanUK
FACT is Majority of Scandavian People have either Blonde Hair or Blue eyes - a FACT of BIOLOGY.

Just as is the fact Northern Europeans have a 1 to 10 ratio of Head to Body, and NON-North-Europeans only have a ration of 1 to 9.

IT IS A FACT OF BIOLOGY.

Those who try to deny scientific Fact, are you harkening to the days of when 'religion' and 'superstition' rules the world?

There are factual physical differences between North Europeans and the rest of Humanity. Denying it - is an Ostrich sticking their head in the sand. HOW STUPID!
19:00 March 21, 2013 by Khazara
Quote from guy who bleaches his hair blond, Oy vay!!!

"But that's not how it is. Most of them live with their countrymen who aren't at all blonde and blue-eyed."

Aaaahh!!!

What is the inference?

hmmmm!!

People who do not have blonde hair (a recessive genetic trait) and blue eyes (a recessive genetic trait) are either criminals or up to no good. Since only the blond and blued people are good? gah!!

There is no reason to lie about the obvious "code words" that this guy was using. Also, as an African (Black as onyx) who has lived in Sweden for 4 years I can report that most of the white people here dye (or die) their hair blonde. There is a lot of self hate among ethnic Swedes (white people who just recently settled here).

awww!!

White peoples racism is not necessarily due to hate. The cause can be due to envy. It's deep.
19:04 March 21, 2013 by Svensksmith
If race and the characteristics are supposed to be no big deal...why do we make such a big deal out of it?
19:15 March 21, 2013 by Programmeny
AquamanUK you are delussional. There are more light-haired people in Russia than they are in Sweden, as a proportion.

Only 30% of Sweden is blonde, the other 30% is light haired. Blue eyes are as common as green/gray eyes and brown eyes. So they aren't in majority.

Dark haired Swedes are 20%, and the rest of 20% is a combination (light haired towards blonde, medium-dark, red haired, etc.).

And as for your comment regarding "scientific facts" of the difference between north europeans to "non-north Europeans" that is pure rubbish. There are no differences, it's just that more of the same type of people are gathered here, however, you can find "north-european race"everywhere. A lot of Australians for example are as blonde as Swedes. Ukraine and Russia has loads of light haired people, as tall as Swedes.

Germany is also a good example, but you can find blonde, light haired and blue eyed people all over Europe, from east to west, from Ukraine to Russia, Romania to Hungary, Germany and Austria, Ireland and France.
19:33 March 21, 2013 by ROCKYF
Khazara, yes that's it envy ...lolll blahhh ahhhaa , gte it right the guy just spokr the truth and now he's in trouble , that's whats wrong with the US now the polical correctness is moving , watch out my friends in Sweden
20:04 March 21, 2013 by johan rebel
Now that he is staying, one can only hope he will speak frankly more often!
23:25 March 21, 2013 by Max Reaver
I read from a Swedish news site that Billström is now on "provanställning" contract, or "trial employee" after 6 yrs as immigration minister. That's Freddy's way of making him work harder and repair the damage. He can still be fired, just so you know.

Again AquamanUK is showing off his uneducated fetish for the Swedish gals. Most people have missed one point, which is the reason of the controversy. It's the way Billström equalized "blond and blue-eyed" to being Swedish, while MOST of the Swedes today either don't have blond hair, or blue eyes, or simply lack both traits, just like Programmeny pointed out. Billström has accidentally offended the majority of ethnic Swedes by making them feel ostracized. That is what my (ethnic) Swedish friends are talking about these days.

One of my closest Swedish friends, her sister was blond and blue-eyed until she enrolled in high school. Since then her hair color turned darker by the year. She herself has dark hair and dark eye color. Neither of their parents is blond, both had gray/green eyes. I think it's common that people's hair color darken with age. Many of my Swedish friends showed me family photos from when they were blond in childhood. But when grown-up, their hair has transformed to colors totally unrelated to blond. And nope, they didn't dye their hair from blond to something else! Although the opposite can be found easily.
23:27 March 21, 2013 by Parzival
I think it's quite weird statement for several reasons. What he says implicitly is that jimmie åkesson, Göran Hägglund, fredik Reinfelt are more keen to host illegal immigrants in their house than Gustav Fridolin, because he is blonde......It's just not a very illogical comment, but also quite racist because he is using a stertotype how a swede shoudl be likle, a steroetype that might be appropriate to have about swedes if you are from a different country (eg USA) and never been here, but completly out of reality if you live in sweden. The majority is still brown haired even among ethnic swedes. But espeically for all afroswedes or darker skin swedes that are in the 3rd generation in some cases. It's inciting racism and segregation by making this sort of comment, it's anti-intellectual and a comment you may expect from a re representive of a neo-nazi party.
00:12 March 22, 2013 by Bushyblondehead
Blonde people know more blonde jokes than most. A blonde, brunette and red head girls running from police go into a barn and hide in 3 potato sacks, police come in and see only potato sacks walk up and lightly kick the brunettes and she says meow, police walk over to red heads and kick she says ruff ruff, go over to blondes and kick she says, Potato!
07:39 March 22, 2013 by robban70226
He already apologized so lts get the wheels out of the mud and concentrate in the real problems, Typical Sweden Always going for tangents and diversion to avoid facing the problems and taking charge of the issues..
08:04 March 22, 2013 by RobinHood
Is there anyone who feels this is a resignation issue? Of course the professional politicians and journalists must earn their pay. And of course the Local's ever-growing band of immigrant hand-wringers and whiners are at this very moment penning yet more boring essays about yet more boring incidents of perceived discrimination against them by some government employee or other.

But does anybody else care. The Local's forums on this matter seem overwhelmingly underwhelmed. Perhaps it is time to move on to attack the next minister of what is one of the world's most immigrant and refugee friendly governments for being anti-immigrant and anti-refugee?
10:55 March 22, 2013 by liondens
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11:18 March 22, 2013 by Khazara
"Reaction formation is a defense mechanism in which anxiety-producing or unacceptable emotions and impulses are mastered by exaggeration of the directly opposing tendency" (Wikipedia);

I do not agree with everything she says but Dr. Frances Cress Welsing presents a formidable argument as to why Europeans are obsessed in declaring blond hair and blue eyes as a superior trait and sought after traits. I only bring this up since essentially that's what we are talking about. As a side note, I have lived in Sweden for 4 years and although I can appreciate very fair minded people exaggerating the amount of people who have these traits (Less than 10 percent of the population in Sweden, yes 10%!! Have blonde and blue eyes) it should be seen by an outsider as an exaggeration …

The cause of white racism is envy. When something is desired and envied but unattainable it is despised. According to Welsing, the Color-Confrontation Theory states the white people or color-deficient Europeans responded psychologically, with a profound sense of numerical inadequacy and color inferiority in their confrontations with the majority of the world's people-all of whom possessed varying degrees of color-producing capacity (Welsing, 1991). According Welsing capitalism; communism and socialism have been devised, used and refined in the effort to achieve the primary goal of white domination (Welsing, 1991). Another example of the reaction formation defense according to Welsing is the elaboration of the myth of white genetic superiority, which continues to the reinforced assiduously (Welsing, 1991). Additional psychological defense is projection they feel extremely hostile and hatred towards non-whites. And how racism is unconscious and conscious. The focus of the black man penis by both white males and white women was viewed by a theory as a displacement of the fundamental concern with the genetic color-producing capacity that resides in the testicles (Welsing, 1991). She also states that if hate and lack of respect are manifested towards others, hate and lack of respect are felt most often at deeper levels towards the self (Welsing, 1991). She believed that white people hated non-whites because they actually hated themselves. Welsing, The Color-Confrontation Theory also explains why black male testicles were the body parts that white males attacked in lynching: the testicles store powerful color producing genetic materials (Welsing, 1991).

Is whiteness a color deficiency? The main ego defense towards this question is to practice racism.
12:40 March 22, 2013 by Eric1
It's not "politically correct" to be blonde and blue eyed. Yes racism does exist and today it's victims are more likely to be caucasians.
12:46 March 22, 2013 by Migga
The majority of ethnic Swedes have light features; white, grey, light blonde, blonde, dark blonde, light red, red, dark red, light brown or brown hair. Some have dark brown, dark grey or darker hair. There is nothing wrong to point that out. It`s only when one claim that a trait makes a person better or worse that it becomes racist.

If Billströms point was that there are blue eyed/blonde ethnic Swedes he has a point but it`s a simplistic and stereotypical one. For this he should be confronted about and criticised. It`s hardly something to use to label him a racist and make him lose his position.

@Khazara

Welsing? The same Welsing that said that black gays were imposed by the "white man" and that black homosexuality is a sign of weakness? I`m not surprised that you take a page out of her books.
14:48 March 22, 2013 by Khazara
Migga

work on your English.
20:08 March 22, 2013 by tekstrom
To Khazara:

I suggest you work on your punctuation, then maybe we can make sense of your ranting diatribe.
20:21 March 22, 2013 by johan rebel
Blunder? Only in the eyes of the PC elite who shout the loudest in this country!
20:51 March 22, 2013 by Khazara
My punctuation is more than adequate for a comment board. More importantly, I have conveyed a succinct proposition that has lead at least two people to change the subject.

Why are Swedes exaggerating the presence of blond hair and blue eye traits within the population? Are Swedes still being programmed to believe the rhetoric purported by the now defunct Institute of Racial Biology (emphasis)?

Since I live in Södermalm. I can report that I rarely see a real (emphasis) blonde with blue eyes, rarely. Thus this coded language that Bönström used is not only unusual but shows a disconnect with reality.

I have merely proposed that the words he used in his interview with Dagens Nyheterna was an attempt to compensate for a larger inadequacy in the society that is not being addressed.

Finally, I mentioned a well and renowned Psychiatrists (M.D. Dr Frances Cress Welsing) who has a popular theory that carries weight in many parts of the U.S.A., Africa and Europe. This was done only to expand the thinking and conversation. For people to stoop to ad hominem attacks means I have hit a nerve (ironic).

Respectfully,

Khazara
05:48 March 23, 2013 by Kublai
Khazara, why are you so full of hate towards white people. What have they done to you? Where you bullied in school or do you see yourself as a failure and wants to take it out on others?

A question to everybody here: Since Sweden is the worst country in the world, the most racist country in the world, with the most horrible people in the world - how come it is like a magnet for all tohse immigrants who come from far better countries and cultures (like Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq etc)?

Can someone answer that.
09:44 March 23, 2013 by Khazara
@Kublai

Are you okay? Did I hit a nerve? Truthfully speaking I am healthy (emphasis) and content.

Nonetheless, why haven't you { Kublai , tekstrom, Migga} (emphasis) answered the question?

hmmmm!!

Could it be that some valid points were made in my previous post?

Also, what's with the desperate attempt to pontificate about Sweden accepting 1900 political refuges (in 2012)? pssh!! The number is insignificant. Furthermore, the entitlements white people allude to are actually a not so clever way of giving subsidies to Swedish (white owned) businesses (stores and real estate companies and schools). Indeed many Swedish provinces stay afloat on those subsidies (emphasis). It is an industry. These subsidies are allocated to Swedish people in the guise of helping refuges because the refugees must pay for their basic necessities. Most of you should know that; however, maybe I am giving you way too much credit.

Indeed, a lot more African men enter into the country legally by having sex with white women and not marrying them!

Why are Swedes obsessed or should I say white people obsessed with promoting a false image of the political state known as Sweden? As an aside, the earth is not owned by white people; never has been or will be, I repeat. The world is not owned by white people. People can go anywhere they wish.

False borders are only real in your minds.

Furthermore, the entitlements you speak of that are given to refugees keep many Swedish provinces afloat. It is an industry to put it bluntly. These subsidies are given to Swedish people in the guise of helping refuges. Most of you should know that; however, maybe I am giving you way too much credit.

Furthermore, people come to Sweden because they are invited. Most of refuges are lied to by white people in Sweden and the few white people outside of the country that can find it on a World map..... They fail to inform people of Sweden's history: it's affiliation with the Nazi party during the European fratricidal wars (emphasis) of the early 1900's; Sweden's Eugenic program that only ended in 1972. The marketing campaign is based on luring people to Sweden so as to puff up the Swedes self-image; one that is based on the notion that the country is advanced (shiny trains) an altruistic; in reality Sweden is one of the world's top arms dealer (when measured per capita). But you self-righteous cheerleaders will continue to fool yourself.

I'm still waiting for an answer to my question. No more attemptive personal attacks will be replied to.

Are Swedes (white people) racist because they are envious of brown and black skin? Are they displaying symptoms of reaction formation (emphasis)?

Respectfully,

Khazara
09:45 March 23, 2013 by Migga
I sure hope noone takes Khazara hatedriven comment serious. But don`t take my words for it, go find out yourself. Read Welsings book and you`ll discover what kind of thinking fuels Khazara posts.

http://kemetrise.sytes.net:8245/welsingpart1.pdf

I higly recommend the topics about black homosexuality, the Freud topic and on page 98 where she flat out writes;

"The sense of his relative genetic weakness or inferiority compared to Black males (because Black is always genetically dominant to white) caused the white male to attempt to project "inferiority" on white females as well."

She is hardly renowned in any scentific circles and more known as a criticised activist. But I don`t doubt that she is populare in some parts, mostly emxtreme afrocentric groups.
09:48 March 23, 2013 by Khazara
@Kublai

Are you okay? Did I hit a nerve? Truthfully speaking I am healthy (emphasis) and content.

Nonetheless, why haven't you { Kublai , tekstrom, Migga} (emphasis) answered the question?

hmmmm!!

Could it be that some valid points were made in my previous post?

Also, what's with the desperate attempt to pontificate about Sweden accepting 1900 political refuges (in 2012)? pssh!! The number is insignificant. Furthermore, the entitlements white people allude to are actually a not so clever way of giving subsidies to Swedish (white owned) businesses (stores and real estate companies and schools). Indeed many Swedish provinces stay afloat on those subsidies (emphasis). It is an industry. These subsidies are allocated to Swedish people in the guise of helping refuges because the refugees must pay for their basic necessities. Most of you should know that; however, maybe I am giving you way too much credit.

Indeed, a lot more African men enter into the country legally by having sex with white women and not marrying them!

Why are Swedes obsessed or should I say white people obsessed with promoting a false image of the political state known as Sweden? As an aside, the earth is not owned by white people; never has been or will be, I repeat. The world is not owned by white people. People can go anywhere they wish.

False borders are only real in your minds.

Furthermore, the entitlements you speak of that are given to refugees keep many Swedish provinces afloat. It is an industry to put it bluntly. These subsidies are given to Swedish people in the guise of helping refuges. Most of you should know that; however, maybe I am giving you way too much credit.

Furthermore, people come to Sweden because they are invited. Most of refuges are lied to by white people in Sweden and the few white people outside of the country that can find it on a World map..... They fail to inform people of Sweden's history: it's affiliation with the Nazi party during the European fratricidal wars (emphasis) of the early 1900's; Sweden's Eugenic program that only ended in 1972. The marketing campaign is based on luring people to Sweden so as to puff up the Swedes self-image; one that is based on the notion that the country is advanced (shiny trains) an altruistic; in reality Sweden is one of the world's top arms dealer (when measured per capita). But you self-righteous cheerleaders will continue to fool yourself.

I'm still waiting for an answer to my question. No more attemptive personal attacks will be replied to.

Are Swedes (white people) racist because they are envious of brown and black skin? Are they displaying symptoms of reaction formation (emphasis)?

Respectfully,

Khazara
10:41 March 23, 2013 by Migga
@ Khazara

Swedes this, Swedes that. Swedish people this, Swedish people that. White people this, white people that. You make generalizing and stereotypical claims in every sentence you write. Can`t you see that? You can`t be taken serious when writing things like that. You`r only dealing in absolutes and extremes.

"Are Swedes (white people) racist because they are envious of brown and black skin?"

No.

"Are they displaying symptoms of reaction formation?"

No.

Are those the answers you were looking for? Swedes aren`t anything in general, they are all different. And is it Swedes or (white people) you are asking about? They aren`t all racist. A few are, just like in all groups of people. A few are probably the way you ask but the majority is racist that because of ignorance or bad experiences.

Why are you so fanatic about sex between black men and white women or white women having babies with black men?

Oh and way to go taking out a few bad pages in Swedish history. All nations should be open about their history, I`d say Sweden is more open then most. But the fact that you only meantion those events shows that you have an agenda. Those events isn`t something that shapes the minds and hearts of all Swede today.
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