Take that, ridiculous stereotyping

I saw a newspaper with a front page all about how TEH MUSLIMZ WILL RUIN EVERYTHING. They didn’t put it on their website (for some reason), so I cannot link to it.

The things in particular that Muslims will ruin/are currently ruining :-

* Parties
* Drinking beer
* Having short sleeves

Funnily enough, Baptistkirken, Pinsekirken, Frelsens Hær and Metodistkirken have a similar/exactly the same shitlist but I don’t see the Danish news reporting on how Christians need to stop RUINING EVERYTHING.

Let’s all watch a video of some British Muslims having a dance while we take a moment to consider how stereotyping one quarter of the world’s population is always a fool’s errand.

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Eastern Europeans ‘free gifts’ to Denmark

As I suspected. 

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Racism/travel writing: an unpicking

What is the difference between telling an adopted Asian kid at school that he can’t see through his eyes and talking about the cultural mores of a nation?

Some would say: nothing. They are both racist.

How about saying all Muslims are x or y or z?

Well, that’s not even ‘racist’ they say because Islam is a religion.

Let me just break something down here because some people still don’t get it.

Talking about the culture of a place, including what is acceptable, forbidden and usual. This is not racist. Possibly it is wrong, inaccurate or too generalised.
Think of how many Copenhagen blogs have posts about the Danes taking fitness and lattes seriously. Yeah, that’s not a thing everywhere.

Even when it’s critical, it’s still not the same as saying white people are the ones who should decide what the definition of racism is. It’s not the same as saying Islam is problematic.
That non Danes are the real racists.

If you don’t GET THAT, then this blog is not for you.

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You get rude people everywhere

True. You get rude people everywhere. People are dickheads, yo.

I have a question to open up to the group. I think collectively, my readership has probably travelled to and even lived in most countries in the world.

In any of those countries, is is socially acceptable to try to shove past a blind person or their assistance dog?

Because I saw two people trying to do that yesterday on the train. There were two blind people with an assistance dog. They were getting off the train at 21.30, the dog was going last and was waiting for the people to get down. See, the fucking DOG knew to give them some space and time to get down, what with the steps being tall and the gap to the platform being wide.

Honestly, they were not taking an obscene amount of time about it. Like, maybe an extra 5 seconds on how long a sighted person might take.

But the woman in front of me grew tired of this and tried to shove past the dog. And the man behind me, grew tired of me giving them space and tried to shove past me to get out.

Let me repeat, it was 21.30. Where could they have needed to go in such a hurry? And how much difference does five seconds really make to a journey? And why is it socially acceptable to even DO THAT?

Are there any other countries where it is socially acceptable to shove a blind person?

 

NOTE TO READER: Notice the difference between ‘socially acceptable to shove a blind person’ and ‘everyone in a particular country shoves blind people if they get a chance’. It’s subtle but it’s there.

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Does Denmark have a racism problem?

This is so well written. 

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Scandi Spring? Fat chance

Three years ago, a market trader in Tunisia, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire to protest harassment from the Tunisian authorities. His death inspired protests in Tunisia and abroad, leading to the events of the ‘Arab Spring’.

Yesterday, a man left Brøndby town hall and set himself on fire, dying a few hours later. The news has no information about what the problem was and why he took such a violent step. Just that he had been given an answer about his case before he killed himself.

Honestly, I don’t think they care.  Whether this was mental illness or desperation or a combination, the media is entirely uninterested. Could it have anything to do with recent welfare reform? Who cares? Let’s talk about something more jolly!

What have they got to gain by looking the other way on this? Why isn’t the reason for his suicide considered newsworthy?

h/t Johnny Larsen

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let’s all talk about Eastern Europeans so we don’t have to discuss long term unemployment amongst Danes

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