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Racism, Swedish Style

Sweden historically was a land of few diverse cultures, but in recent years due to heavy immigration from many parts of the world, the nation is changing, However, the idea of dark skinned people in a land most of the world regarded as filled with blond, blue eye men and women, the appearance of a black skinned man or woman upsets some of the older or ignorant generation. During some recent disturbances in the city of Malmo, Swedish police were caught on their own video recording as making insulting remarks concerning people being confronted. Police were captured saying expressions such as “blattejaviar” an ethnic slur which translates roughly into “damn colored people” or “damned immigrants.” The tapes were played at a trial of a young man who was arrested by the police. Words could be heard saying, “you little ape son of a bitch. Should I make him sterile when I catch him” and a responding voice exclaimed: “Yeah, he’s going to get beat so well that he won’t be able to stand on his own legs.”

Leadership of the police are upset at the comments, and reportedly at least one of the police officers expressed an apology, but the damage was done. What next is the question?