There was an incidence last occured on the 19th of September 2008 in Stockholm which goes to confirm my fear about the rise of racism in Sweden.
This is an account of the event:
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AT EAST BAR, Stureplan, Sweden
On the 19th of September 2008, 3 guys with African background went to EAST BAR to have a nice night out. The 3 guys didn’t go out with their Swedish girlfriends. They just wanted to hang out, talk and have a drink. Two of these guys will drive home so possibly only one can have strong alcoholic drinks.
The security men did not allow them to go into the bar. At the time they arrived, one guy also waiting at the entrance told them that they will not be allowed to go in. He told them that he overheard one of the security guards swearing that no “BLACK” man would be allowed in.
They thought this guy was drunk or probably joking and they stayed on the queue (of just about 10 people). But to their dismay and uttermost surprise and shock, they were not allowed to enter the BAR.
The security man told them that they have REGULARS who are allowed into the bar and that that they (the black guys) have to come back after 1am before they would be allowed into the BAR. He told them and boasted that he has been working is EAST BAR for 6 years and 4 times a week and that he would not allow them to go in because they are not regulars.
They tried to argue with the security men that this is unusual as they should have the possibility to go to the bar and buy drinks but their arguments were turned down. Then they remembered what they heard previously that no black man would be allowed in that day (19th September).
This is a serious problem really because at least one of these 3 guys is Swedish and the other two will become Swedish citizens someday soon.
They are being discriminated in a country that they thought is theirs. They are blacks and they suddenly realised that they are not actually welcome in Sweden. This is happening in 2008 and it is almost unbelievable. They felt really embarrassed and humiliated by this security man.
At they head off back to the car, they started talking about their future and what they thought would happen to their children who are half-african and half-swedish. They thought about their prestige and their home country. They knew that they have a choice and they could actually go back to Africa.
But how does one brace up to the threat of racism and the influence on the family where a child is born mixed? One of these guys has pressed charges to the Swedish Discrimination
Board at http://www.do.se (The Ombudsman against ethnic discrimination (the DO).
He has lived in sweden for a long time and he is in fact a swedish citizen. He told me that he is looking forward to the outcome of the complaint that he sent by e-post. For him, Sweden is on trial. This is the first time he would be making an official complain about discrimination but it is something he has lived with for several years now. He thought it is time to act. He has also told me that he would spread this RACISM ATTITUDE AT EAST BAR as much as possible on the internet.
(End of story)
If I may add, my observation is that racism is quite common in Sweden but the people pretend as if they are not racists. For the past 6 years I have seen and being through situations when African guys or people of foreign backgrounds have been prevented from doing certain things. Going into clubs, restaurants and bars are the commonest problems of these situations.
I know EAST BAR and the problem is actually with the guards and the part of town. The guards who are suppose to maintain order and security are busy looking at your skin colour and the type of dress you are putting on. They need to be educated on what their responsibilities are.
It used to be ALADIN in the centre of town that had this problem. The guards look at you and turn you back on flimpsy excuses. Excused like your shoes, colour of dress, type of trousers and so on. They are just short of saying: we don’t like blacks. In real sense they would prefer not to see black people inside the clubs. Right in your presence you could see Swedish people in trainers, sneakers and all kinds of dresses going in as you stand by and watch.
But Aladin is a little bit better now…the problems are still there in a way.
I am going to be particularly interested in this case because it would be nice to know what the Ombudsman against ethnic discrimination (DO) will do about it. It would also be wonderful to know how the management of EAST BAR would come of out this useless attitude potrayed by their racist guards.
It is a wake-up call also for the government of Sweden. The government of Sweden must know that EAST BAR and other places in Sweden are showing racism to Black Swedes and other foreigners.
Many of the cases are unreported or undocumented because those who suffer it most have no legitimate residency in Sweden. But the case of these 3 guys should receive National Attention.
Blacks in sweden will like to know:
-why the guards at EAST BAR in Stureplan continue to show racism? I know about that of EAST BAR since 2002. So it didn’t start today
-what will happen to the guards-will they be fired or prosecuted?
-the counselling that will be given to these 3 black guys because it seemed that suffered emotionally. It was a very humiliating experience..