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?

  • E

    The expression “blattejävlar” is far more harsh than described above. Rather than “damn colored people” I would say “fucking darky/nigger” is a more correct translation. It is however not exactly clear from where the word “blatte” comes, and what it refers to. In any case it is only used against immigrants/foreigners with darker colors and is perceived as extremely derogatory.
    But as some people in the US are “taking” back or using the N-word amongst themselves – immigrants in Sweden are trying to use blatte in a positive way. In this context it is though extremely offensive. The last part of “blattejavlar” – jävlar means “devils” and is used as americans use fuck/fucking.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Thanks for the information.

  • Haine

    The word «blatte» comes from the latin language group – probably French considering their cultural impact on Sweden “back in the days”. I’ve never heard a french person using the word as a pejorative but; Blatte (insecte) -> Cockroach.

  • Miwanyu Makiadi

    I hate to say it as an African I aint surprised. The same westerners who we welcome in Africa and even treat better than our own fellow Africans resort to this. Sorry aint surprised, fortunately they are part of a dying breed (racists) and soon they will be confined to the history books as one of the most terrible chapter of human civilization.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Amen.

  • HAHA

    They’re afriad big black sausages tainting their woman. I don’t blame weak blond/blue eyed creatures.