A faithful reader in Sweden sends us a report about a new kerfuffle over “racism”, this one because of Tintin:
A man called Sabuni representing the so-called Afro-Swedish National Association made a big hullabaloo this morning on the Swedish State Public Service Radio because the cartoon album Tintin in the Congo has been republished.
He is demanding that the whole edition, which has already been printed, be withdrawn. The album first published 1931 is said to be very racist, showing black people (Negroes) with white eyeglobes and low intelligence, and is supposed to make the situation for Africans in Sweden worse (!) and obstruct their possibilities to get jobs, win sympathy etc — and of course influence younger readers in the wrong direction.
In his arguing he refers to the Swedish past: textbooks from the ’50s stating that Negroes lack intelligence, eugenics from the 30s up till 1975, and trading with slaves in the 1700s and other ‘dirty’ businesses. (FEEL GUILT!)
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Nothing yet about it in any papers that I have seen. The Discrimination Ombudsman (DO-Linna) has not yet engaged!
A guess — is this Mr. Sabuni a relative, brother or something, to the minister with the same name [Nyamko Sabuni, the Minister for Integration in Sweden’s current government], trying to profile himself and rising in society to those levels where little work is very well paid?