Being Blindfolded While Confronting Reality

Being Blindfolded While Confronting Reality

Norwegians are not unique in Europe. We are also amongst the people ignoring the plain facts staring us in the face. The migratory pattern of people from the third world moving into Europe is worth talking about. Elsewhere in Europe we can see that the authorities and the media aren’t interesten in the least in talking about this issue. What they are interested in however, is clamping down on free speech. We can see cases daily now of governments clamping down themselves or forcing social media companies to punish comments critical of migrants, Islam or this whole insane situation we find ourselves in.

This attitude towards a real and pressing situation strikes me as childish. A child can get away with not knowing or bothering to find out the consequences of his/her actions. The EU-Media industrial complex seems to go even further. They not only know about the detrimental consequences of the current demographic trajectory we are on, they seem to champion it. Added to this sad state of affairs comes the pathological indifference the population at large exhibits. They actively avoid and suppress any meaningful discussion about the topic.

This brings me back to a Norwegian book I recently read. Its title can be translated to “Stanger in their own country”. It contains several in-depth interviews from homogenised and anonymised sources about the demographic changes taking place in the capital of Norway, Oslo. Personally, I don’t live in an area with a large immigrant population, but I live near such areas. I’ve therefore personally been spared many negative experiences common amongst those living in such areas. The author talks about the necessity of granting complete anonymity to his sources. They would have refused to be quoted otherwise. I completely agree with his reasoning. Bringing the perspectives of these voiceless people to the forefront should be the job of the mainstream media. Sadly, it will only reach the few thousands that read the book.

The interview subjects retells their experiences growing up in the eastern part of Oslo. Prior to the 70’s non-Western immigration was negligible. Since then the amount of people coming here from countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Turkey and so on has steadily increased. Many of the interviewees tells us about their experiences especially as they relate to schooling, either as pupils or teachers. The proportions of immigrants in the classroom have steadily increased over the years. In the areas where immigrants are clustered together, 50,60,70,80 and ever higher percentages aren’t uncommon. Teacher tells us about problems imparting knowledge on their students, when the student body speaks dozens of different languages.

Students of immigrant parents also have poorer language skills when they enter school. They cluster together, limiting their exposure to the “natives”, something that is usually an excellent method of immersing oneself in the langauge. Gang culture in the recreation yard is also widespread. Some described the situation as immigrant groups bringing their ethnic conflicts with them here. Slurs against Jews by Muslims is just one example. We often hear about the rise of Anti-Semmitism in the media, but they conveniently forget to tell us who is behind this rise, leaving the read/viewship to think that it is rather right-wing radicals behind the trend.

One interviewee told a detail I found particularly interesting. He told us how schools act contrary to the law by “sorting” class composition by ethnicity. Native students are put toghether when possible, with the school administration covering up their tracks so they won’t get in trouble. Another tidbit was about the culture clash regarding time. Parents of native children come together to parent-teacher meeting and show up before their scheduled appointment. Getting parents of immigrant children to show up is often difficult, and they often show up a couple of minutes after their appointed timeslot. This costs valuable time the teacher could have spent on more pressing matters.

A part I found particularly damning was one subject talking about their own left-wing political stance and their decision to move away from the part of town with a great immigrant population. Those most responsible and most welcoming of immigrants to our country are shying away from dealing with the consequences. We also hear about the top politicians of our society sending their own children to private schools with a tiny minority population, leaving the common  folk to deal with mixed schools.

The violent gangs and their enforcement of different cultural norms through threats and intimidation also deserves wider discussion. Most of the interviewees in the book used to live in immigrant dominated districts, but have since moved to other cities, districts or to native “enclaves” in the immigrant sectors. Norwegians thus shy away from conflict and choose peaceful solutions to this issue. The seriousness of the situation is increasing, we can see the early signs of “Swedish-style ghettoisation” with car burings becoming increasingly commin, machete attacks increasing in frequency and the immigrant percentage of the population pie steadily drifting upwards.

To obtain this information I had to read a book I purchased with my own money. The press discussed the book briefly upon its publication, but the dialogue it should have inspired didn’t take root. Journalists love to talk about their societal responsibility while suppressing the truly important topics. The question that remains is can we blame the media for their choice of topics or should we blame the readership for continuing to buy and give clicks to them when they act in this manner?

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