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Police chief slammed over 'racist' joke

The Local · 4 Oct 2010, 08:42

Published: 04 Oct 2010 08:42 GMT+02:00

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"Cousin Arvid meets a prostitute who is coloured. She asks him if he would accompany her home because she thinks he wants to buy sex. So he says to her, 'What am I going to do in Africa?'"

This was the joke told by Ljungby police chief Hans Qvant in connection with a police association meeting last week and has gave cause to some angry reactions.

"There was no entertainment in connection with the dinner at the end of the congress. And I have always thought that it was fun to imitate," said Hans Qvant told the broadcaster of his decision to dress up in front 128 colleagues.

Several of his colleagues did not share Qvant's sense of humour however, including the new chairperson of the Swedish Police Federation, Lena Nitz, part of a new police leadership elected on the pledge of tackling police ethics.

"I thought that this was totally unacceptable. People can take offence and several came to me the day after who were upset," she said.

Nitz confirmed that she had spoken to Mr Qvant, who has meanwhile apologised for any offence taken, while expressing surprise at the angry reactions.

"It is possible that not everyone has the same sense of humour as I and most people have, that is up to them," he said to Sveriges Radio.

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"The joke is not playing on her colour, but his stupidity."

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09:46 October 4, 2010 by Carnitas
Telling a joke involving race in front of a large group of people is a really bad idea regardless of the intent. Dude needs some public speaking or media courses.
09:50 October 4, 2010 by Rishonim
I had no idea Swedes had a sense of humour. sometimes I find myself repeating the punch line three times before they can react. At any rate is was rather stupid of the police chief to use racial jokes particularly with the post election tense atmosphere.
09:59 October 4, 2010 by Viva Melita
What an unfunny joke regardless of the fact that only a left wing idiot would regard it as racist anyway.He should be ordered to come up with something better next time or keep his mouth closed.Leave the 'jokes' to the establishment lackeys who never laugh anyway.
10:13 October 4, 2010 by Iraniboy
It must have been a misunderstanding. He might have thought that SD has dominated the Riksdag! No Sir. They are only 5.7% :D
10:22 October 4, 2010 by Marko2010S
@Rishonim #2

"I had no idea Swedes had a sense of humour."

That makes me smile. Thanks!

"Police chief slammed over 'racist' joke" + "in front of a group of colleagues"

This shows clearly the nature of Swedes. Many people believe that Swedes don't have real friends, simply because they are hypocrites. Of course not all but the majority of them.

Police chief thought that he's among his colleagues, that's why he wanted to practice his horrible sense of humor, and I bet that most of the so-called colleagues laughed at the "unfunny" joke. Later on, they stabbed him in the back. I am not defending the police chief, because I think he deserves what he gets. But I am showing the goons how Swedes behave.

The same is happening now, Immigrants have made Sweden an international place to live in. NOW, Swedes are bitching and moaning to stop immigration and kick the immigrants out.
11:35 October 4, 2010 by farnoxo
So, not many months after a senior police officer is convicted for sex crimes it is back to business as usual - racism, biggotry and general "putting your foot in your mouth". It seems that the educational qualifications required (especially for older police officers) by the police force are ... uhmm... low to say the least.
11:35 October 4, 2010 by Viva Melita
"Immigrants have made Sweden an international place to live in".

You can say that again.Sweden is starting to resemble the UK and France which are both multicultural hell holes.
11:43 October 4, 2010 by Aureliano Buendia
this is only one case of everyday racism... sweden still needs evolution for becoming a normal "society" to live
12:01 October 4, 2010 by stupr
@ Viva Melita

You have clearly lived in both the UK and France then. May I enquire which parts.
12:06 October 4, 2010 by dobermann
That's a nice joke:) There are hundreds of jokes about white people, but somehow they aren't treated as racist jokes, the same should be applied for this case. Someone must have no sense of humor at all if this joke doesn't look funny( quite stupid too)
12:22 October 4, 2010 by Frobobbles
That joke is not racist.
12:36 October 4, 2010 by Swedesmith
No , not really a racist joke...just incredibly stupid and in bad taste.

Say, have you heard this one: a bunch of police officers rub their penises on a suspects car....
12:49 October 4, 2010 by Jes
The " officer" is unintelligent . Its hard to even know what his "joke" really means . Now I remember an African friend who had to talk to the police about their immigration situation . The man and his wife come from 2 different African countries . The police officer asked " - you both come from different countries , right - - is it not difficult for you to communicate , . I mean . what language to you speak . ."

The pair laughed ., not because the question was one of those "police jokes" but because the couple could fluently speak 8 different languages between them !

My friend is now working in one famour hospital as a surgeon , while his wife works in sales for an airline .
13:41 October 4, 2010 by Mb 65
I agree 100% with viva melita. This is no where near a racist joke. When are Swedes going to lighten up.
14:16 October 4, 2010 by Marko2010S
@Viva Melita #7

A group of people with fertility rate about 1.29 lives in a huge land at the end of the world which is almost permanently dark and cold with some reindeers... Do you call this a country? Or Do you consider the goons who live there in such conditions alive... ?

No need to deny the fact that without immigrants, simply there is NO life ! Period!

Immigrants made Sweden a vibrant place that human beings can live in.

So, zip your face and stop babbling around like a bloody-jester.
14:20 October 4, 2010 by Jes
Mb 65 , you are stupid if you don`t see racism in what this idiotic police officer calls a joke .

Does he mean that "coloured" people cannot have a "home" in Sweden but in Africa ?
14:31 October 4, 2010 by salalah
Actually, the joke is not racist. It is rather funny!

People get too sensittive when it comes to using the word "black". I bet people in Africa have a lot of jokes about white people and nobody takes offense!!
14:33 October 4, 2010 by dobermann
The same joke in a different way:

Cousin Joe in Nigeria meets a prostitute who is white. She asks him if he would accompany her home because she thinks he wants to buy sex. So he says to her, 'What am I going to do in Europe?'"

Is it a racist joke?
14:35 October 4, 2010 by vb74

Are you retarded? seriously? Do you think Sweden needs what these "people"

bring? Is it an incredibly high rape rate, Total dependance on welfare, the robbings, or is the obvious hatred they have for the indigenous population.I don't know if you are an immigrant or some weak, brainwashed little liberal but the Swedes need to grow a pair and take back their country and heritage and stop licking the boots of these "people".
15:00 October 4, 2010 by calebian22

You are correct, it is not racist.
15:05 October 4, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Well, open doors mean open doors for international whorin´ too.

We´ve got the Asian, African, Russian, what´s your pleasure, sir?
15:09 October 4, 2010 by dobermann
It would be possible to write an article about police chief, who does stupid jokes in front of the hundred people..One person did a good comment, that police chiefe shoul learn some public relation stuff.. It's almost the same bull''it, when the prime minister in my country told the exact date when the crisis will end :)
15:15 October 4, 2010 by Mb 65
jess so it's ok for you to call this police officer unintelligent. what if someone called you unintelligent you would be screaming racism.
15:19 October 4, 2010 by Jes
I£Dobberman ; it would be stupid for a nigerian to imply that all white people live or come from Europe .

It would be racist if a black police officer were to imply that a white person`s home must be in Russia and not in South Africa . .

Dont you think so ?
15:32 October 4, 2010 by Marko2010S
@vb74 #19

"Swedes need to grow a pair and take back their country and heritage"

Thanks Mr.Mindless-goon for admitting literally by your own your foul mouth that Swedes are inferior to others. However, I am wondering about what kind of "heritage" that you are banging about?

Do you consider colonizing your poor neighbor (Finns) a heritage ?

Or are you braging about bunch of criminal sailors who are thieves and leaded by one-eyed pirate?

Which freaking heritage are you talking about you bloody-moron ?
15:36 October 4, 2010 by ngecenk
a joker swedes? such thing exist? really? /joke
15:36 October 4, 2010 by dobermann
@ Jes

I think that neither chief's comment nor your example would be a racist. Yes it would be quite stupid and would show person's uneducation. It's very similar when some swedish people ask me where I am from, and when I tell them, that I am from Lithuania, they say that I am russian, or something like that. then of course I am starting to explain, that my country was in soviet occupation, but it doesn't mean anything, I was still born in my country as lithuanian, but not as an russian. in such cases i respond, that swedish people are same like finnish people( it works great:) )

I think that nowadays, the biggest problem about racism is that every possible situation about non white people is treated as racism. For example, there are a few persons working in one company and one of them is a black guy who works very slowly. Company owner would like to fire him because he works not as good as he should, but he can't because he knows, that it could end up in court as a case of racisim.

The line betwean racist and rude jokes can be very thin and it should be avoided in public speeches.
15:46 October 4, 2010 by Syftfel
The left, its anarchist auxiliaries, and other coddlers of hypersensitivity, are well advised to not drag out the "racism" accusation at every perceived opportunity. Save it for the real thing! You're inflating the term. I don't even find the joke funny. Just clumsy. Would this joke have generated the same apopleptic hysteria if the whore in the joke had been, say, Japanese, Icelandic or perhaps from Stockholm?
15:54 October 4, 2010 by BlackAfrican
Great JOKE!!!

There once was a group of Albinos that renamed themmselves white and.....Ahh! forget it.
16:19 October 4, 2010 by rafa1981
A joke is a joke, no need to go that far with the repression. I say that being myself an spanjack, jokes are jokes, there are also jokes about death, child rapers and whatever the bad taste you want, but there are jokes after all, no one should be treated seriously when doing it.
17:00 October 4, 2010 by Jes
@doberman , you can never understand racism until when you are at the other end of it .

Its not racist for someone from Lithuania to be mistaken for a Russian .

What we are talking about here is a police Officer using a an offical platform to make an idiotic noises .

Imagine if a coloured Officer stood infront of a public gathering somewhere in Stockholm he said :

" my causin met this blond womam who was a prostitute - - she asked my him if he could come with her to her home - - my causin said " what am I going to do in Russia " ?

Would you re-act by clarifying that the blond prostitute is actually from Lithuania and not Russia , or would you ask why this Officer things that blonds are usually Russian/ Lithuania prostitutes ?

The point is that a police officer should stay away from saying anything , ( even as a joke ) that may , by implication , be seen as connecting prositition to race , colour , origin . An intelligent police Officer should never say anything in public that may imply that he thinks that coloured / black people can / should not call Sweden "home"

Just to emphasize the point , I would say that those children that Swedes adopt from China and other far east societies would be offended if one "joked" that their "home" is in north Korea.

You know what I mean ?
17:06 October 4, 2010 by know
It´s a bad joke.
17:35 October 4, 2010 by ironman294
I am the least PC person in the world, but the joke was racist. SImply because he was saying all black people belong in Africa.

Plus since he was ina room full of White Swedes only he figured he could get away with it and even more incredulous was he was surprised by the reaction.
17:39 October 4, 2010 by skatty
I believe what the police chief said as a joke has farther meaning than the colour of skin.

I mean look at it in this way "the cousin Arvid, who is Swede meets a coloured prostitute, who is immigrant or refugee from Africa and misunderstand her home with Africa".

You see one of the most important facts in an immigrant life is to believe the country, where he/she is living is home and can be call home! Uncle Arvid misunderstood her, because he does not consider Sweden is her home. Actually this belief of uncle Arvid is the fundament paradox in the life of immigrants in Sweden. In contrast with all the propaganda about Sweden the home of immigrants by media and politicians, there is a mentality in population which is in contrast with the belief of Sweden as a home for immigrant. I think this is what the police chief and many Swedes believe!
18:37 October 4, 2010 by vb74

Alright you little wimp, and yes I can tell you're a little wimp, anyone who uses the phrase" mindless goon" would certainly never be brave enough to call me or any other man a " bloody moron" except behind the safety of your keyboard so don't go thinking your brave.And as far as the pirate thing goes I have no idea what your talking about, you might want to really think about the point your trying to make before you start typing.And I never implied I thought they were inferior to anyone especially those peole they are foolishly letting in to their country and I notice your the one putting down their heritage so I'm gonna assume your either your a weak little liberal or a non-white either way I 'm gonna call you a stupid little twerp, and you know what, I'd say it right to your face can you guess where from now Punk.
19:00 October 4, 2010 by zircon
Now I get the joke (not a home in Sweden but in Africa). It is amazing what Swedes can come up when something as bad as this. Why didn't I think of it myself?
19:23 October 4, 2010 by Marko2010S
@vb74 #35

I laughed my heart out at you and at the way you woked up Mr.Cuckold.

BTW, one sage advice, never open your rotten mouth again, it is quite stinky but funny though.
19:26 October 4, 2010 by locaxy
@Doberman: "The same joke in a different way: Cousin Joe in Nigeria meets a prostitute who is white. She asks him if he would accompany her home because she thinks he wants to buy sex. So he says to her, 'What am I going to do in Europe?'"

Is it a racist joke?"

No. At least not per se.

But suppose Nigeria had a white minority and a certain prejudice exists against whites as supposedly filthy, dumb and inclined to commit crime. Suppose also that Europe was a war-ridden povertry-striken continent which has barely been decolonized from some imperialistic African country and people flee Europe to take refuge (in many a sense) in Africa.

Then it would appear racist.

I don't like the idea of a thought-police and a climate where one can't tell a joke, so I would generally support people's right to say whatever the hell they want. But when it's a police chief or any other a civil servant living off taxpayers money, I have no problem dictating what good behavior is to them. If they don't like it, they can quit the force!

What is "racist" about the joke is cousin Arvid's underlying that a colored person's home cannot be Sweden. That, in my humble opinion, is fairly racist.
19:36 October 4, 2010 by vb74

Seriously, you need to learn how to explain yourself you sound like a brain injury victim. And I have no idea nor do I care who Mr. Cuckold is or whatever.

But I do stand by my statement that you are a little wimp and I wish you good luck with your brain injury.
19:54 October 4, 2010 by grantike
all i could say is the officer was simply unintelligent to tell that joke. a friend of mine from Nigeria has a swede mum and somewhere someone asked him these question ""where are you from originally " .he said kalmar.he asked that again and again .it was meaningless to do .
19:54 October 4, 2010 by Marko2010S
@vb74 #39

" I have no idea who Mr. Cuckold is"

Huh? you don't know yourself? LOL you are that one !
20:54 October 4, 2010 by vb74
@marko 2010s

You are so stupid, and you don't even have the courage to explain yourself so you hide behind some obscure insult that I have no reference to. Like I said from the begnning your a wimp, but the more I hear you speak I now realize your

not very bright as well. So please keep talking your making my point better than I ever could.
20:56 October 4, 2010 by seagull

You really do need to learn how to argue. You did the same thing with me once... Your first line of defence is to personally abuse whoever it is you disagree with.

I know you're a proud muslim and love your prophet (no accumulated interest of course), but he's right, you probably wouldn't say these things to peoples faces...

The joke in question...

Vaguely racist, stupid thing to do in his position.

Offensive jokes are really only acceptable between like-minded friends...

If you like that sort of joke (and much worse), you could try www.sickipedia.org
21:17 October 4, 2010 by vb74


And I agree saying the joke was stupid.I really doubt if that man meant to hurt anyones feelings but it wasa really insencitive thing to say.
22:05 October 4, 2010 by wxman
I absolutely despise the cloud of political correctness that hangs over all our heads these days, and makes us fearful to speak our minds. On the other hand, that was a really stupid joke and not funny in the slightest. He shouldn't be chastised for being a racist, but he should for being a moron.
22:14 October 4, 2010 by Marko2010S
@seagull #43 & @vb74 #42

"you probably wouldn't say these things"

Both of you are absolutely and utterly correct, if I saw both of you I wouldn't say anything in front of you. Because freaks like you are only exist inside cages in zoo. Therefore, I will be only kind enough to feed you some bananas.

BTW, It's so cute how you stand up for each other. Good luck with your bromance!
22:28 October 4, 2010 by seagull
Marko, You are a thoroughly unpleasant person, or rather, your attitude here is thoroughly unpleasant (I don't know how you are in the real world).

Please go back to Dagis and learn how to communicate in a civil manner.
22:35 October 4, 2010 by vb74
Well, at least you admit you don't have the courage to say what you really think to people unless you can hide behind your computer and anonymity. But there is no need for you to keep talking to me because I don't really value the opinions of admitted cowards.Goodye
03:16 October 5, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Swedish humour is like Finnish love.......
04:46 October 5, 2010 by Da Goat
Yes there is not many people with any sense of humour

I think it is a good joke and yes the police chief should be able to get away with that one!

I also think that racial jokes should be mandatory for everybody! jokes should not be censored , anyone who is offended by racial jokes is in fact racist, but on the other hand if you can laugh at a joke like this (especially if your culture is on the receiving end) then you are not racist ! Go figure.

my belief is there is only one race of humans and if we can't have a laugh about our differences then we are quite sick ! my favourite saying is "if you take offence you let the cows out" (if you take a fence the cows run away, for people with little humour) Stand a bit people!!

by the way the joke is racist against Swedes not "coloured" people if you can read! cousin Arvin is the dummy not the prostitute who is rather astute to what he was after DUH!

maybe it was the slow ones suddenly worked it out and got upset!
11:00 October 5, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
#49: When real men start lovin´, women are only on the way.

"cronichles of the closet-houmou."
23:25 October 5, 2010 by mikewhite
It's perceived as racist due to the implication that a non-white person is only "at home" in the country of their forebears, thereby further suggesting that such people are not welcome in this country.

And due to the history of colonialism and slavery, the power balance and discrimination in Europe and the US has always been against the non-white person.

Or that's my impression.
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