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Rasismen i Skåne – Ett arv från den Danska Tiden

Lite reflektioner över mitt län, Skåne. Skåne har länge avvikit från övriga Sverige när det kommer till rasism och främlingsfientlighet. Redan under andra världskriget var nazismen stark framförallt i Skåne. Vad beror detta på? Jo, jag tror att det går mycket långt tillbaka i historien. Till innan Skåne blev svenskt.

Som ni alla vet vad ju Skåne danskt från 900-talet och fram till 1658 i och med Freden i Brömsebro.Idag är det inte så många som tänker på hur hårt svenskarna gick fram när skåningarna skulle assimileras in i den svenska nationalstaten på 1600-talet och 1700-talet. Som ett resultat har vi skåningar en tradition av lokalpatriotism. Det har alltid, och är fortfarande, lite smågnabb mellan skåningarna och stockholmarna. Stockholmarna kallar oss för danskjävlar, och vi kallar stockholmarna för noll-åttor, med anspelning på deras riktnummer på telefonen.

Idag är det kanske inte så allvarligt menat, utan mest på skoj, men man ska komma ihåg att det en gång i tiden faktiskt var blodigt allvar.Svenskarna gick som sagt väldigt hårt fram när skåningarna skulle försvenskas. Detta uppskattades givetvis inte av skåningarna. Det är härifrån den skånska lokalpatriotismen kommer ifrån. Ilskan mot den svenska centralmakten i Stockholm, de som sitter och bestämmer hur vi ska ha det, utan att ha någon kunskap om hur det fungerar här.Jag tror att SDs starka ställning i Skåne delvis kan förklaras av det här skånska missnöjet med svenskarna från Stockholm. Frustrationen över att stockholmarna dikterar hur vi ska ha det.

Samtidigt har vi under de senaste decennierna sett en avveckling av landsbygden och en centralisering till storstäderna, som drabbat jordbruk och bönder, inte minst i Skåne. De små kommunerna och landsorterna får mindre och säga till om, medan storstäderna bara växer och växer och konkurrerar ut landsbygden.Att så många skåningar sympatiserar med SD, skulle kunna vara ett arv från den skånska vreden som uppstod i samband att Skåne blev danskt. En nagel i ögat på de där politikerna i Rosenbad som inte lever i verkligheten. Ni vet ju hur det brukar låta.I valet 2018 blev SD det största partiet i de flesta av Skånes kommuner. Men är det inte något konstigt ni märker på den här kartan? Titta på västkusten. På praktiskt taget hela västkusten blev SD inte det största partiet. Förutom västkusten så blev SD störst i alla kommuner, utom just Ystad. Vad kan detta bero på? Kan det bero på att storstäderna finns på västkusten och att toleransen för det främmande kanske är lite högre där?

Kan det bero på att Västkusten var den del av Skåne som gynnats bäst, rent ekonomiskt, medan den östra och centrala delen har missgynnats på senare år? Kan det bero på att det bor fler med utländsk härkomst på västkusten? Forskning visar ju att hatet mot invandrare ofta är som störst i de kommuner där det inte finns så många invandrare, vilket kanske kan tyckas vara ironiskt, då de problem som ofta kopplas till invandring rimligtvis bör leda till ökad främlingsfientlighet?

Kan det till och med vara så enkelt att främlingsfientlighet beror på okunskap? Om man känner många invandrare är det ju logiskt att man blir mer öppen för folk från andra delar av världen, än om man sitter i sitt lilla hus på landsbygden och enbart tar del av medias skildring av invandring.Vad tror ni? Diskutera gärna men kom ihåg att hålla god ton.

Racism Is Racism

In the last months there have been a debate going on about what is racism and what is not. People like to talk about racism against white people and call it “reversed racism”, instead of focusing on the real problem, which is systematical racism against non-whites.

On the other side there are some people who really talks about “reverse racism”, like if racism towards a white person should be “not real racism”. On the other side are the extreme “identity left-wing” who are importing their ideas from the quasi-debate on race in the United States. These people basically say that a black man unpossible could be racist to a white man, which also is ignorance at it’s finest.

Don’t get mad at me now. I didn’t invent the word racism. Just look it up in a dictionary. There is no such description that says that all racism per definition is structural. Even if structural racism is the bigger issue here, there are also racist attitudes between different groups. There are black people who are antisemitic or racist against white people. There are black people racist to eachother. There are white people that are racist to other groups of white people. But I would never call it reversed racism, because that word is stupid. I’ll explain here.

Well, what does “reversed” mean. It means turned, or “opposite”. And the definition of racism is that it is an idea, not necessarily a system, but an idea, in which you divide people into races and claim some races to be superior or inferior. That’s the most simple and basic definition of racism. This view can come from anybody towards anybody. If a white man thinks blacks are inferior, he is a racist. If a black thinks whites are inferior, it is racist. But, what’s the reversed opinion about that? Well. Reversed racism should therefore be the opposite to racism, in other words anti-racism, which is a good thing and not racist at all. Anti-racism is the idea that everybody are equal no matter the color of their skin. That’s what the term “reversed racism” actually means if you start to dig in it a little bit deeper.

Sometimes, I grow tired of people who have these extreme views. I can actually relate to people who say that racism against white people doesn’t exist. Because people who say “white lives matter”, are very often, people who denies systematic racism against people of color. And therefore, a lot of people of color and other anti-racists, get tired of that maneuver from the white supremacists and try to come up with another extreme – that white people cannot be victims of racism. I completely understand that. Because a lot of people who discuss this, are completely blind towards systematic racism against black people and other people of color. So that’s basically the reason this discussion have become so polarized.

So, yes. A black person can be racist towards a white person. But it is not… I repeat… IT IS NOT a structural problem that even comes close to the systematic dismricination and institutional racism that white people have done implemented and still implement towards people of color. It just to realize that fact. We should focus on the main issue, which is white supremacy against black people and other people of color, not black people or arabs who are racist towards white people. That’s the smallest problem in the world right now, actually.

But understand me right now. I don’t say there is a such thing as “reverse racism”. Because, then we have to divide people and decide which race is the racist and which race is the victim. And all of a sudden, we cannot decide what is what. Can an arab be racist toa chinese? Or is it the other way around? You understand now how hard it is, to decide which group to be considered as the oppressor and the victim? Therefore, the idea that all racism would be against people of color, and that a white person cannot be a victim of racist, is really stupid. Because, when there is either a black or a white involved, but maybe an arab and an east-asian. Who is the most oppressed? Is this a contest? Sometimes it feels that way. It feels like different groups are competing about who is the greatest victim of racism.

This is not a contest or a game. Just look it up in dictionary. Even if I indeed think that racism could happen between anybody, I support Black Lives Matter and their movement. Now when the corona death toll is lowering, I plan to participate in their demonstrations as well. I think Black Lives Matter are important, even if I might not share the exact same values as some of them do. I just support the anti-racist movement and I hate racism with all of my heart. Racism is a real problem in society, especially against black people. That’s why I support Black Lives Matter and their mainfesto.

Love Eliasson

Black lives matter, from Sweden, to USA

I was completely horrified when I saw the videoclip five days ago, where a white policeman put his knee on a black man’s neck until he lost his breath and died. How completely disquisting. I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that a policeman actually murdered a defenseless man, or the fact that his collegues did not stop him.

Off course, this is just one of many examples of the US police abuse of power. But I’m glad that I’ve not yet seen so many people that are defending the cops. Even those guys may understand how brutal and unforgivable this is. But a thing that bothers me, though, is when people in Sweden, where I liv, point finger at USA and claim this racist power abuse to be something typically American. Sure, it might not exist at the same level in Sweden, but I don’t think we should bash America’s treatment of black people, without condemn the systematic racism in our own country.

Sweden has, for a long time, been a very left wing country. We like to boast ourselves and point finger to the US. And we always have. But let’s face it. We have racism here in Sweden as well. In the justice system, in the courts and in the police. We have a so called “small talk” racism, especially in classical working class jobs in industries. I’ve seen it myself and it’s e bigger problem than you could imagine. Off course we can condemn this racist attack in the US, but let’s not be all too unaware of the racial discrimination in our own country.

When it comes to discrimination of people of coulor, I as a white person, have a responsibility to stand up whenever I see it. And so do you and everybody else. You might think that I’m making difference of people now, but it’s just a fact that white people, in general, don’t know how it is to live under structural racism. It’s easy for us to say “that’s no big deal” when we havn’t lived through it for generations and generations.

People of color have fought long and hard to crush racial opression. But as long as white people continue to ignore it or maybe even justify it, we are a part of the problem. Only together we can end this. But then we have to see our own part in it, instead of ignoring the racism when it’s right in front of us…

I don’t say you have to be a white knight or a hero with a cape. It’s the small things that matter the most. Things in our daily life. When somebody tells a racist joke, or use the N-word, maybe a relative, or at the working place, or when a collegue of yours, are exposed to racism, rise up and say it’s not okay. I know it’s hard, especially when it’s your boss you have to stand up against. I’m not the best man either and you should know that I chose my conflicts wisely. But the last years, I’ve been better to stand against racism.

We will always remember George Floyd. May he rest in peace. And remember that Black Lives Matters. Always. From USA to Sweden.