Et protest-essay: “Selvfølgelig kan man finde steder i verden, hvor racismen er værre… Men Danmark har et problem med racisme”

Samuel Herrin Bertholdsen har skrevet dette grumme essay om, hvordan han har oplevet racisme hele sit liv. Fra negerboller over skolegårdsslagsmål til raceprofilering i jobsøgningen og på datingmarkedet.

følg linket her under:

https://heartbeats.dk/et-protest-essay-selvfoelgelig-kan-man-finde-steder-i-verden-hvor-racismen-er-vaerre-men-danmark-har-et-problem-med-racisme/

Danish Media’s part in today’s racism

Media is often called the Fourth Pillar or Fourth Estate of Democracy as a democracy requires informed citizens and the media is a platform for receiving information and exchanging ideas. Media’s role is therefore to inform the public with unbiased and credible information without any censorship or tampering. Yes, media can also share opinions, however, in the age of social media, fake news and algorithms which can create news bubbles it is even more important that media remains unbiased, showcasing multiple opinions and not just being another reinforcement of the same opinions.

An accountable and credible media can lift a democracy by providing sturdy support for its development. An unaccountable and uncredible media can cause disarray in the society, such as that seen in recent years in the United States.

In recent years, especially in 2020, the Danish media set a spotlight on the Black Lives Matter movement, which makes sense as it is a movement with global momentum. However, BLM was not the start of people of African descent demanding their human rights and equal treatment. BLM started in USA in 2013 and found a home in Denmark in 2016. However, from the Civil Rights Movement in the 50’s and 60’s to the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism, the 2011 UN Recommendations for Combatting Racism against people of African Descent, to 2013 where various local organizations fought to increase awareness of discrimination and inequality right here in Denmark, people of African descent in Denmark have been shouting and demanding equal treatment long before BLM Denmark. There are also multiple voices, and not just BLM Denmark, who all agree that racism exists in Danish society.

As an American citizen living in Denmark, I have seen Danish articles propagating a false narrative of what the BLM movement stands for, supporting negative opinions of the movement and negative opinions of the fight against racism. The arguments used are all eerily similar to opinions held by groups in USA accused of domestic terrorism. To quote Former Republican Sentor William Cohen:

We have been telling ourselves that if you are white, you are special and you get special privileges. If you are black, we treat you like we did in Ferguson or did in D.C. with BLM. So that is the lie we have been told all these years – that you have white privilege/ white power – and when you start to lose that because you have a multi-ethnic racial society building, then those people who have been holding on and been thinking they are special, see their special privileges being eroded. So that is what is going on here.

CNN Interview of Former Republican Senator William Cohen, January 17, 2021

Danish Newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, has continuously posted articles and opinion pieces criticizing the head of BLM Danmark and the BLM movement. They have publicized caricatures of this black woman activist, the latest a caricature with elements from the Jim Crow era “Sapphire” caricature – a depiction of the agressive black woman. Additionally, the drawing calls her racist and ridicules her for calling a local murder a hate crime – a murder which Denmark has received global attention for and where even the global audience has raised questions as to why the murder was not considered a hate crime. I will not continue to share this caricature on social media as I have no interest in supporting it.

The latest opinion piece which this drawing is attached to is called “The fight against identity politics requires, that the majority culture dares to keep hold of its own”, the article calling for ethnic-Danes to push back against minority groups fighting for equal human rights, and calling this demand for equal rights, racist.  Despite these ongoing criticisms of identity politics and BLM, I have yet to see Jyllands-Posten publish a full response piece from BLM Danmark and/or provide their readers with both sides of the story, despite BLM requesting to do so. I have yet to see them give similar support and exposure to any differing opinion on the fight against racism, inform the public of UN laws which require Denmark to combat racism or Denmark’s other obligations to combat racism. I would argue that this shows a blatant bias towards the issue, once again, eerily similar to specific news sources in the U.S. accused of supporting the creation and growth of domestic terrorism groups and a seditionist movement.

In 1971, Denmark ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and in 2011 the Committee which oversees the ICERD released recommendations #34 pertaining specifically to how members should combat discrimination against people of African descent. As a member of ICERD, Denmark should be incorporating these recommendations, however the actions of Jyllands-Posten indicates that Denmark the extent which Denmark is failing to do so. 

Take measures to raise awareness among media professionals of the nature and incidence of discrimination against people of African descent, including the media’s responsibility not to perpetuate prejudices.

Encourage the development and implementation of methods of self-monitoring by the media through codes of conduct for media organizations in order to eliminate the use of racially discriminatory or biased language.

CERD34 Paragraph 30 and 33

We implore Jyllands-Posten to learn from current events in USA, recall their role as media in a democratic society, and live up to Denmark’s obligation to combat racial discrimination in all forms by either putting a stop to the continued harassment of BLM Denmark, the blatantly biased support of anti-BLM views, and/or at least allow equal time and support to differing opinions of BLM Denmark and identity politics. We also implore politicians to address the actions of Jyllands-Posten in relation to Denmark’s obligation to combat racism in all its forms as outlined in ICERD and CERD34 paragraphs 30 and 33.

The dark numbers, hate crimes in Denmark – Part Two

As promised here’s a followup on my first article about the dark numbers within hate crimes in Denmark.

The numbers presented in the last article clearly shows that there is a huge amount of hate crimes in Denmark that are either not registered as hate crimes, discarded by the police due to lack of evidence or never reported to the police.

The dark numbers, hate crimes in Denmark

In recent years, Danish police have seen an increase in reported hate crimes.

When defining a hate crime, the Danish police divide the definition into 3 categories based on the crime’s motive; motivated by sexual orientation, religiously motivated, and racially motivated. Racially motivated hate crimes include, among other things, motives involving nationality, ethnicity, race, and skin color. In the period between 2015-2018, the number of hate crimes reported to the police and with a racial motive, increased by over 100 percent. (from 104 cases in 2015 to 260 cases in 2018). Individually, the increase in reports may indicate that more people feel confident in reporting hate crimes in Denmark. However, further research paints another picture.

Meet the new board in AEC

We at AEC are proud to present the new board. Please like and follow us on social media or revisit our website for more information about the new board and the upcoming changes in Aec

AEC 2.0

To all AEC members: It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that AEC founder and Chairman, Victor Bennett, will be stepping down as Chairman.

Victor let the AEC board know of his intention to step down some time ago, stating a desire to focus on himself, his family and other projects. He granted the board time to transition, and we thank him for that.

As one of the founders and an active participant in AEC for the past 7 years, Victor has played a vital role in the fight against discrimination, and specifically discrimination against people of African descent. We thank him for his passion and willingness to share his time, energy, and knowledge with so many of us. 7 years is a long time and a bit of rest is well deserved. The new board can only hope to live up to the same level of passion and engagement Victor has shown over the years.

Over the next few days, you will have the opportunity to get to know the new board of AEC. However, for now, we will give everyone some time to hear the news, reflect on the past 7 years under Victor’s leadership and get ready to hear, what Victor himself has dubbed, AEC 2.0.

#CERD34 Ratification / Implementation in Denmark- 2020!

In light of recent events specific to Afrodanes / People of African Descent in Denmark, Afro Empowerment Center Denmark’s working group which consist of volunteer citizens and residents initiated the CERD34 Petition to Parliament which became live 17.08.2020 https://www.borgerforslag.dk/se-og-stoet-forslag/?Id=FT-05309&fbclid=IwAR3Jeu4J8uHNodPE-nDKxYRB6r5fQOpWevy2E21yraqeJAOaGJwL9q1IrrY and we are seeking the Danish public interest and support regardless of your ethnic background and political party membership.

Denmark first signed the CERD in 1969, it was first implemented into law in 1971 and since then, several follow-ups have been made as extensions to protect groups which regionally and globally have come into more risk, gradually and others more abrupt. #CERD34 is one of those extensions.

The CERD34 was first issued to Denmark and other member states in 2011, and again in 2015 the issue was followed up on in the Concluding Observations on Denmark, yet no dialog was presented on the ground and very few institutions and organizations took up this issue outside of Afro Empowerment Center Denmark however, due to the recent heightened voices from Afrodanes, various incidents where race has been seen as playing a role in attacks against Afrodanes, the lack of mention in the Danish Hate Crime report and other factors, we believe the public and other organization are finally ready to act. We, therefore, invite every citizen of Denmark who feels deeply that something can and should be done on behalf of Afrodanes human and civil rights within the nation to act.

Please share this petition with your nieghbor, family and friends so we can make sure Denmark remains a democracy equal for all.

If you would like more information on how you can support this petition or even have questions in general, contact us by email at; aec.denmark@gmail.com

Thank you in advance

What is a “Person of African Descent”​ and why are they the “seen/unseen” in Denmark?

Ethnicity is a multidimensional concept. It is neither simple nor consistent. It comprises one or more of the following: shared origins or social background; shared culture or traditions that are distinctive and maintained between generations and lead to a sense of identity and group; and a common language or religious tradition.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-person-african-descent-why-seenunseen-denmark-akilah-foote/?fbclid=IwAR2etvCLAnRi8xNOeuQ4SS8HpX_FJHfadTbQ1ckBpHagCcET00zZtHVqynE

Mediegruppen for Somaliere i DK

“Vi vil blive klogere på, hvad organisations formål er og borgerforslaget Ratificér CERD34 som specifikt omhandler, racediskriminering af mennesker af afrikansk afstamning samt råd om bekæmpelse. Følg godt med. “

Afro Empowerment Center Denmark board members sit in with the Somali Media Group in Denmark to speak about our petition to Parliament, the UN CERD34, and what it is to be a person of African Descent, bringing perspective and context into the ongoing attacks people of Somali background have endured being the largest group of People of African Descent in Denmark.

Welcome to Afro Empowerment Center Denmark

Welcome to  Afro Empowerment Center Denmark (AEC). AEC is a member organization of the European Network of People of African Descent.  We believe all human beings have the right to live free from fear, hostility and discrimination which is why our organization fights to bring awareness to the society about People of African Descent’s human rights here in Denmark. We support the building of a confident and strong Afrodane and African Diaspora community here in Denmark and we have many methods and initiatives which we believe will help us reach that goal. AEC receives no funds from any governmental wing regarding any of our initiatives and is primarily funded by its members.

12541085_1036342413053236_1724451079941096863_n Please join our struggle!