I will be replying to this opinion in extended time:
From within where it all begins:
Part one : to tickle your funny bone.
The idea that Sweden at any time could ever be considered a racist or xenophobic country, is patently absurd. Comedy.
”You can take niggers out of the country, but
you can’t take the country out of niggers” ( The Last Poets)
It’s interesting that Martin Ådahl says “‘I won’t let my country be taken over by xenophobes”. The emphasis being on “my country” – and that’s where the ruckus usually begins. “My” country! A very emphatic possessive there. Not a very generous “our” country, but MY country. Country in his heart or his pocket., with the old Skinheads misunderstood status symbol King Karl X11 pointing overseas.
You spit on or in the street in Stockholm and someone says “i det här landet” ( in this country) you don’t / should not do that. It’s uncivilised. You score a goal for Sweden and you are a “ land’s man!”
Integration / assimilation apparently goes beyond being merely law-abiding.
It’s pluralism versus relativism, but will get to all that in part two.
In Apartheid South Africa the Liberation melody was, “Black is black I want my country back:” So what’s wrong with Jimmie Åkesson and his band of Gypsies singing, “White power is the only real power over here & we want our country back – we are not going to be any part of the new Muslim Caliphate of Eurabia – for that they can all go to California!”?
I’m only asking a balanced question, substituting black with white to balance the equation.
It was only two weeks ago that dear mentor Harvey Cropper dispelled a myth that I had held for a few decades now: when in the early 70s, Andrew Young reportedly said that Sweden was “the most racist country in the world “, I had jumped to the conclusion that this was because USA’s ambassador to Sweden had been diplomatically ostracized due to a general Swedish malaise about the war in Vietnam, a malaise that was led by the then Prime Minister Olof Palme. I myself had kept my hands in my pocket when I was introduced to black Brother Jerome Holland at the grand hotel in 1972 and did not shake hands with him for that very reason on that occasion – although Mr. Palme himself had invited Mr. Ambassador home, with the home visit event vastly displayed by Aftonbladet photographs in which Mr. Palme ushers him through the front door with the caption, “ Welcome Mr. Ambassador: guests go in first”
No. Apparently the reason for Mr. Young making that infamous statement was that on his arrival at Arlanda airport Mr. Holland had been greeted by a pack of demonstrators and an unforgettable placard which read “ WHITE HOUSE NIGGER; GO HOME!”
Jerome Holland was taken aback- and that’s putting it mildly – and thought the White sea of demonstrators must have been a bunch of racist Swedish savages. He must have phoned and told Andy about the reception committee that welcomed him at the airport – and Andy – the same Andy who said about Brother Obama a few months before November 4th, that Brother Obama had better come back in another eight to sixteen years to take a shot at being elected president, because he wasn’t ripe enough yet) the same Andrew Young who NEVER got it right, must have said what he said about our Sweden.
Little did he then know that it was soul brother SHERMAN ADAMS who was the bearer of the placard “ WHITE HOUSE NIGGER GO HOME!” – as Brother Cropper told me so recently, this, which I had not known all these years.
And it was indeed the same Sherman who had instructed me not to shake hands with Mr. Holland.
Before we get to part 2 and the real Sweden proper let’s clear the air a little further:
As far as Apartheid and all that is concerned, the first place that Madiba Nelson Mandela flew to after he was released from Robben Island was Sweden, because his number two man in the ANC, Oliver Tambo was seriously ill and hospitalised at Ersta Hospital in Stockholm at that time.
We could talk about it all day long…..
In one of his last TV interviews F.W. de Klerk was asked how he felt about being the last Whitey that would ever be head of state of South Africa and his reply was that since Apartheid was now under arrest and the colour or colours of a man’s skin was no longer of any consequence, it was a little too early to say that he was “ the last white man” to ever be South African head of State. I must confess that when I heard him say this , I thought, “ The Muzungu must be dreaming.”….and now we all wonder what kinds of thoughts and dreams were rolling down Jesse Jackson’s cheeks as he beheld Brother Obama thunder, “ CHANGE has come to America!”
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