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Sweden Democrat in racist email controversy

TT/The Local/dl · 2 Feb 2011, 15:33

Published: 02 Feb 2011 08:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Feb 2011 15:33 GMT+01:00

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"Are those who come from earthen floors totally nuts," Leif Vogel, a leading Sweden Democrat from Knivsta about 50 kilometres north of Stockholm, wrote in an email to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper in an attack on tenants with foreign backgrounds.

The email came following a series of articles published by SvD describing the conditions of several rental properties in the Stockholm suburbs of Rinkeby and Tensta, both of which have a high concentration of immigrant residents.

The articles detailed problems with mold and other problems which had been ignored by landlords.

After reading the articles, Vogel sent emails to SvD as well as to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper in which he lays out accusations and places the blame for the problem on tenants with foreign backgrounds.

"They not only bring their dyslexia with them, but also a total lack of culture and knowledge, as well as bedbugs, lice, and cockroaches, and like in the picture, their detrimental effect on our homes," wrote Vogel on one of the emails.

"The picture shows a black bastard complaining because a cupboard door has fallen off. I can't think of a worse advertisement for the black masses."

In an interview Vogel stood by the opinions expressed in the email, but explained they belonged to him as a private individual and did not represent the views of his political party.

Sweden Democrat spokesperson Martin Kinnunen condemned the email, adding that the party planned to investigate the matter and Vogel could be expelled from the party.

"As a representative for the Sweden Democrats one must always exercise good judgment. The email messages are lacking in judgement," he told the TT news agency.

The recent incident isn't the first time that Vogel has sent emails similar content.

In an email reviewed by Sveriges Radio and sent in 2008, prior to election to the local council in Knivsta, he wrote to several politicians asking, "Why should we get stressed out over how to provide for your negroes?"

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Sweden Democrats announced that Vogel was leaving the party.

"He's leaving the party and his elected position immediately," the party's district chair Pavel Gamov told the local TV4 news affiliate in Uppsala.

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Your comments about this article

09:40 February 2, 2011 by Ravioli
Say whatever you want about SD. But when their delegates get out of line, SD kicks them out. Other parties should take note.

As far as this email, it sounds like this dude was pretty angry. There was probably some truth in what he had to say, but he should have calmed down and phrased it differently. Either way, he's going to be looking for a new party soon.
09:57 February 2, 2011 by shame, shame
Say whatever you want about SD, but the lunatic so-called fringe just keeps on showing up the ugly underbelly of this party, despite the strenuous attempts of the leadership to present a more palatable façade.
10:03 February 2, 2011 by nyh2o
I am glad that these racist idiots continue to be so vocal about their views, because these then make it to the news and allows people to really see how uneducated and disgusting they are :). You want to immigrants to go back to where they came from? Why don't you do the same - go back to your one horse town. Rest assured no immigrant wants to live there anyway.
10:06 February 2, 2011 by Bostonexpat
I assumed after last year's success, SD realized they'd need to contain their true feelings to attain legitimacy and retain seats. Guess it'll take a bit longer for all members to get it.
10:06 February 2, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
What a hoot!! We already now that this party is filled with blatant racist; they are a mere buffer; since the swedish population which has no melanin is for the most part very quiet about Sverigedemokraternas views.

I plead them to continue, it should wake up many African people, who have come to Sweden to escape responsibility for operating and governing their own (Ethiopians, Guineans, Somalians) homelands. However, maybe only the weak African comes to Sweden, to live their entire life?

If you are here in Sweden to live your enire life, and you are African, then you are a fool.
10:34 February 2, 2011 by sliver
@ TheOriginalBlackMan

I suppose you know everything about being a fool. Word of advice....try to be objective when making comments so you don't expose the clear fact that you couldn't live up to a challenge...or worse...that you probably are a bigot whose only selfish objective is to plunder and use. I see genuine and honest Africans who have families here and contribute their bit to the society. They don't pay much attention to racist comments coming from local, ignorant and half educated rednecks suffering from acute tunnel vision.
10:45 February 2, 2011 by Rishonim
The views of that animal (Leif Vogel) are probably in par with the majority of the population. The only difference is that the Swedish Democrats have the Chutzpah to express their views publicly while the average svensson remain in the closet muttering svartskalle and discontent.
11:20 February 2, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
@Silver Your idealism is commendable, however, in the real world, the landlord ("redneck") that you choose to debase as obsolete actually owns the building that many of these Africans choose to live in, due to the few choices of shelter available to them in Sweden. You may believe this man is ignorant, yet

"One man can have a great deal of knowledge without its giving him the least power", while another possesses supreme authority but next to know knowledge. Most of what you have said is repeated by many who think like you parrot fashion without much thought being given to it merely because when people like yourself first heard it said, you found it very wise-sounding.

In the real world, Sweden is a country formed by Caucasians, for Caucasians. African's who decide to live in Sweden should be well advised that they will have to accept second class citizenship, whether they accept the label or not. Since, Africans do not have the population to offset racism in Sweden, nor do they have any significant economic or educational institutions in Sweden, that would allow them not to be dependent on the Caucasian majority in Sverige.

I myself find it more commendable to see a young or middle aged African man, that is attending college in Sweden, return to Africa after a few years, than one who has chosen to accept the Caucasian societal imperatives that facilitate racism.
12:36 February 2, 2011 by Willissteel
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12:54 February 2, 2011 by kenny8076
lol i agree with Wilissteel.... i live in Karlstad and i have met many Swedes who say they wont live in kronoparken because "thats where the immigrants live".... but in different conversations they will say they hate racist or are not racist..... Swedes dont like these people they just dont have the nuts to say it. Thats Sweden, feel strong about something but never talk about it. Silly culture if you ask me
13:27 February 2, 2011 by Nemesis
If you want to hear a torrent of abuse about a minority, just say the words 'Jew' or 'Israel' in front of anyone from the Left party or Social Democrats. You could try poor person in from of someone from the Moderates and you will get the same thing.

There is a lot of bigotry in Sweden. Just scratch teh surface and the country is full of bigotry.

It is the same in every country.
14:23 February 2, 2011 by Syftfel
It must never become "racist" to speak the truth!!! The 6th and 7th paragraph in the story may be rough-around-the-edges, but the truth is not too far off. So all of you leftist commentators above, hold your fire, at least until all the facts are in. I know that you socialists and lefties thrive on disorder and chaos - that's how you promote socialism - but you should refrain from shrieking at someone who is stating what is most likely, in no small measure, an unbridled truth.
14:40 February 2, 2011 by Truthgate
Sweden democratic is full of sh%it, and still there are few Sweden vote for this ridic%ules party that is funded by God knows who.

Were is Sweden heading it is very interesting to see Sweden after 10 years from now, I just hope old Sweden will come back with its nice and kind people.
15:12 February 2, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
It shouldn't matter what color or race they are, just fix and repair it.

Heck, even possible insurgents need their rentals fixed up : )
16:03 February 2, 2011 by sliver
@ TheOriginalBlackMan

"Sweden is a country formed by Caucasians, for Caucasians". I find it very hard to believe that a person in this modern day and era still gives credit to geographical segregation. I recommend you read about Mandela, you might learn a thing or two about how to deal with racism. Commendable as it may be for a return to Africa by young or middle aged graduates, it is also not such a bad thing for an individual to choose to stay in a place as long as he is not constituting a nuisance. If you find it difficult to understand that, then maybe you could help by sending a letter with your thoughts to the migration board.
16:29 February 2, 2011 by jimmy1988
Swedish Democrats is the only party with guts to tell the truth. Sweden is kingdown of hyprocrasy, Swedish People deep inside know that are too many immigrants in the country. And the newspapers lie about the immigration problem incluiding you " The Local" that´s way some comments are erase.
18:34 February 2, 2011 by emmy11
I cant imagine people talking as if they own their own lives. How can a right thinking person say what they are saying about Immigrants? He said that Africans are from the the dust. this shows how uneducated he is. common sense tell us that every human was made from the earth and will go back to earth when they die. I guess when he dies he will be buried in the snow because he is white. So foolish a comment and yet some people are backing him up. The world great country today is the united state and more than 40% of the citizens are Blacks and they are still open to immigrates that's why she is called home of the free and land of the brave. yes you are right, Sweden is timid, most of them don't know what is happing outside their country that's why such a stupid comment from the SD member. He should go back and put his head in other because progressive and great nations understand what it take to be open to all not bigots like him and others that support his views.
19:17 February 2, 2011 by Willissteel
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20:14 February 2, 2011 by Swedesmith
It probably is tough to be a black man in Sweden. Having a militant attitude is not going to make it any easier.
20:17 February 2, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan

That's actually false, Africans in America, Black people, are the largest racial population in every major city in the U.S.A, where the majority of the U.S.A POP is located.

African Americans have Notoriously been undercounted in the U.S.A. census.

The game that the Caucasian media is currenty playing is to state that "hispanics" are a racial group, when in reality they are a "cultural group". Blacks by far are the largest group of people in the U.S.A. Caucasians are a minority in the U.S.A, as well as across the globe. Comprising less than 1/10th of the global population.

@Sliver you except "White Identification - a black person (non-white person) who views the world through a white perspective even when it conflicts with his or her own self AND group interests. A white-identified black person pursues interests , activies and relationships primarily because white people are associated with them - and often avoids or looks down on certain people, places, and things primarily because black people are associated with them."

20:47 February 2, 2011 by Zala Russe
So, just going back to the article for a moment.

'They not only bring their dyslexia with them ..'

Right, so poof positive that dyslexia is actually a disease borne by immigrants.

'... but also a total lack of culture and knowledge ...'

Hell yeh! Mathematics, astronomy, philosophy ... etc They were probably just using that knowledge to construct hydrogen peroxide bombs anyhows.

'as well as bedbugs, lice, and cockroaches ...'

Shame! you'd think that immigration control would be more vigilant. Sweden has never had a single case of bedbugs, lice, and cockroaches before these people arrived.

Ima not sure about that cupboard door falling off. That isn't the only thing that's unhinged here.
22:19 February 2, 2011 by Willissteel
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23:13 February 2, 2011 by Maler1971
It may be acceptable to pretend we all like each other on the outside but in reality many do not.

Lets be honest!
08:02 February 3, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan

I don't believe in evolution nor that it should be taught as a fact in public schools or presented as a fact in the media.

However, I do believe that a certain group of people (Caucasians)are in denial as to their general population (less than 1/10th of the world population and declining) and origins.

It is said that Caucasians are inadequate becuase they have no color (melanin in significant amounts) a process that can not be attributed to location but to a genetic factor.

I know you are a slow and immature Caucasian, who by virtue must stay in denial so as to function in a world where 90% of the world population has color (melanin in significant amounts). It must be hard to be so inadequate and jealous. Glad I don't have to worry about that. Wink!

Hambani kahle
14:26 February 3, 2011 by emmy11
@ TheOriginalBlackMan,

Lots of Love
23:36 February 3, 2011 by Njal

- you're still here I see blackman, how's the 'lovely Ugandan wife'? Is she still here, or perhaps she's gone back to mother Africa without you.

Everything you write about white people is a clear proclamation on your part of how intimidated you feel in a white man's land. If you're that intimidated by us, then do not keep company with us, you obviously detest white people.

However 'inferior' we without black skins might appear to you, our lands are far superior to anything your melanin rich brothers in Africa have ever been able to accomplish. Hence your posts on the Local.

I would like to repeat: you do not have to stay here! you have a choice! If our lack of melanin is offensive to your eyes, then there is a miserable continent self-governed by people with the same melanin content as you, that you would feel mush less intimidated in... I'm just saying is all.

Well done to the local for allowing a person to post rascist comments when they're directed against the right (white) group.
00:56 February 4, 2011 by alecLoTh
He resigned only to save other party members the embarrassment. But the truth is, they probably think the same, a large part of Sweden possibly thinks the same. The problem here is not colour - but rather education, poverty, opportunity...tackle that and leave people to live out their lives
05:27 February 4, 2011 by technoviking
@ TheOriginalBlackMan

Clearly all your melanin comes at the cost of brain power.

You are a racist, ignorant, probably borderline schizophrenic, conspiracy theorist.

Because blacks are concentrated in urban ghettos in America, therefore they aren't 15% of the population?

Whites are "inferior" despite having invented the computer you are writing on, the internet it's transferred on... and everything else in the modern world?

You are very clearly insecure about being a black man in a white dominated world.

It's sad you have to view our accomplishments as a threat to your ego rather than simply enjoy them since we're nice enough to share them with you.
17:39 February 4, 2011 by nagrind
obama = Stalin = bush or ussr = usa http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com or http://avsecbostjan.areavoices.com/ and watch videos in sequence.
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