Sunday, September 19, 2010

There are no words...

... to describe my feelings right now. How can this be?

The Swedish election is over. My fear has become a reality. The Sweden Democrats were voted into parliament. It didn't come as a surprise but I still find it hard to believe. I'm so very disappointed and upset. I'm writing with tear-filled eyes and a heavy heart.

It scares me that almost 6% of the Swedish population believes that racists are the best people to govern Sweden. What did we do and where did it all go wrong? If the root of problem is the immigrations policies that previous governments have implemented, we should hardly punish the immigrants. If it is the refugees that is the major concern, we can't really blame them for starting wars or for being politically prosecuted. My fear is that 6% of the Swedish population really believes that the color of your skin determines you personality, demeanor and sense of right and wrong. And if this is the case, isn't the root of the problem the 6% of the Swedish population?

Aside from all this, the election was actually historical. This is the first non-socialist government to be re-elected. Unfortunately they didn't win majority, they are just the biggest minority. It's going to be very interesting to see how the Prime Minister will lead a minority government and to see how the opposition will act to aid the democratic processes. The Sweden Democrats got just shy of 6% of the votes and their position as the kingmaker just adds to the insult.

Today is a day I will remember. Today is the day I am ashamed to call myself Swedish.

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