Saturday, September 10, 2011

Black in Norway

Of the 69 people killed in the July 22 rampage on Utoya island, at least nine of the victims were people of colour [EPA]
"Black in Norway. In the wake of the Norway massacre, we should focus our attention on the role racist ideologies have played there."

Black in Norway is an interesting essay of Dr Felice Blake about racism and multiculturalism in Norway.

In her essay she writes. Ingerid S. Straume, vice president of Attac Norge (an independent organisation that seeks to reveal the relationship between global capital and local experiences), argued in a July 29, 2011 column of the newspaper Class Struggle that Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik "did not attack Muslims; he attacked politics. He had a self-proclaimed intention to frighten away young people from participating in political life".

Breivik is the accused perpetrator of the July 22, 2011 massacre in Oslo, Norway that left eight people dead after a bombing outside government offices, and 69 dead after a shooting rampage at the Labour Party's summer youth camp on Utøya, an island in the Oslo fjord. At least nine of the shooting victims were people of colour. Straume might deny the connection to race and Islamophobia, but Breivik himself acknowledged the connection between Western politics and race.

In his 1,500-page "manifesto" he writes: "Don't let multiculturalists define what racism is or isn't. Keeping an African against his [sic] will in your basement as a slave is racism. Loving your extended family/your ethnic group and fighting for ethnic and/or indigenous rights does not make you a racist; quite the opposite in fact. It makes you a civil rights activist." Read the full story on


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