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from girl rising …to consider on international women’s day (and every day thereafter)

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I love Tech N9ne.
I love Kendrick Lamar.
I love that this was shot in Kansas City, my city.
I love that the first time I met Tech, it was at work.
I love that my boss had him light the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
I love that he called me “shorty” and hugged me at my favorite bar and acted like he remembered me.
I just love this song.

Today at work I wrote a letter to a woman whose son is on death row. Her son kidnapped, raped and murdered a fifteen-year-old girl before I was even born. I almost cried when I showed it to the Chief of Staff for revisions. She wanted our help and we cannot help her.  I should think that somehow along the way, she failed, raising a man like that and all.  But I can only see her as a mom…




The Portland African American Leadership Forum sent a scathing letter in December to city leaders, saying the plan would price residents out of the area and the group“remains opposed to any development in North/Northeast Portland that does not primarily benefit the black community.”

Trader Joe’s would increase displacement of low-income residents and “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations,” PAALF wrote.

“[This decision] reflects the city’s overall track record of implementing policies that serve to uproot, displace and disempower our most vulnerable community members,” the letter said.

Okay, as someone who works for the mayor of a large city, I am VERY intrigued by this. We recently got an ALDI grocery store in an area that really had no sufficient grocery store, particularly along bus or pedestrian routes, and people are loving it. We’ve gotten a lot of positive response from neighborhood leaders and groups. I’ve considered making that my regular grocery store because it’s really close to where I live, despite being in what the average, white Midtowner would consider a “bad” area, but I’ve thought, “I don’t want people to feel resentful of me because it’s not ‘my’ grocery store.” I wouldn’t want people to think, like, “wow, an area east of Troost (our city’s racial dividing line that was intentionally set up that way during the Pendergast era, eeek), finally gets something good, and now white people want to come here?”  Granted, ALDI is more affordable than Trader Joe’s and does not have the yuppie cache…

ANYWAY, I really support this group’s decision. I wonder if Portland has the issue with food deserts that we do in Kansas City. I hope they can find a store that better suits the needs of their community.  Our office often focuses on ways to develop the city economically, and I see huge parallels between this and our ALDI project, in terms of incentivizing development in areas that are often overlooked.  I think it’s really important to look at growing businesses in under-served areas as what it is— an investment. You’ve got to find projects that directly benefit that community and will be sustained by it. I feel like there’s this really fine line between economic development and gentrification, and that’s something I want to learn more about as I continue to work in government.

Buuut I could literally go on for hours, so I’ll stop.

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In March last year a popular celebrity, Alexander Bard, declared on national television station SVT that there is nothing wrong with calling black people “n*ggers” – “If I can refer to myself as a faggot then I should be able to call black people n*ggers” – and when confronted on social media by an Afro-Swede, he insisted on using the word repeatedly to make his point.

Last April, at a student dinner gathering at the prestigious Lund University, students arrived with their faces blacked up, with nooses and shackles around their necks and arms, and led by a white “slave trader”. During the course of the evening, a slave auction was enacted.

When I filed a complaint, I was subjected to a racist reprisal. Apart from threats against me and my family, a manipulated picture of me as a slave in shackles was made into posters bearing the words, in Swedish: "This is our runaway n*gger slave and he answers to the name Jallow Momodou. If you should find him please call this number." These were put up in several different spots around my workplace, Malmö university. Rev Jesse Jackson himself condemned the harassment.

In October 2010, a white Swedish man went on a rampage in Malmö, shooting more than 20 people of colour and killing one. The killer was officially considered to be a lone wolf with psychological problems rather than a terrorist with racist motives, and he has still not been prosecuted.

At the start of last year, a sex education film caused outrage because it showed a black guy having sex with a white girl. More than half a million comments were posted on the internet, mainly commenting on how disgusted they were at this “betrayal” of the white race and corruption of the purity of the Swedish gene pool. The entire incident, though, was not even commented on by a single politician.

Despite all these incidents, however, Sweden has created an image for itself of paradise and harmony, which has been bought into by the rest of the world. It is a challenge for all of us to revise the Swedish self-image, starting in our schools, to understand how racism has taken hold in this country.

Sweden abolished the slave trade in 1847 well after nations like Britain; but few people know this part of its history. The Swedish exceptionalism – the idea that Sweden is disconnected from slavery and colonialism – has made it very difficult to discuss the racist structures that black people face today.

Racism is about power, in which those who operate the levers believe it is OK to discriminate, dehumanise and denigrate without consequence. This is what the culture minister is relying on: a racist structure that ignores racial incidents and ultimately makes them part of the norm. This is what the true image of Swedish society looks like.

Jallow Momodou, Sweden: the Country Where Racism is “Just a Joke”


Cue the white tears: “but we don’t have racism here that’s U.S.-centric we only have xenophobia and discrimination that totally includes white people!!!!111”

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Jallow Momodou, Black Swedish writer, goes in. We look forward to seeing more from him in the future!

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This breaks my heart, and is also why I get SO frustrated when white liberals here in the US idolize the “Nordic” countries. “But look, health care, no income inequality!”  Um, fuck you, it’s only a ‘utopia’ to those who fit into the proper box. Bullshit all around.

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