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Norway Rightists to tackle domestic racism and foreigner prejudice. Progress’ (FrP) Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne proposes legislation preventing differential treatment and discrimination in the wake of the recent wave of stories about racism in Norway. “It is important to get the stories about everyday racism out,” Minister Horne told Klassekampen.     “People have lower thresholds on social media, and it is brave of them to come forward,” she added.

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Norway Rightists to tackle domestic racism and foreigner prejudice

Published on Tuesday, 26th November, 2013 at 20:37 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th November 2013 at 21:10.

Progress’ (FrP) Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne proposes legislation preventing differential treatment and discrimination in the wake of the recent wave of stories about racism in Norway.

Children, Equality, Social Inclusion Minister Solveig Horne
'I have many close friends who are adopted that come from non-Western countries,' says the MinisterChildren, Equality, Social Inclusion Minister Solveig Horne
Photo: Ilja C. Hendel


“It is important to get the stories about everyday racism out,” Minister Horne told Klassekampen.    

“People have lower thresholds on social media, and it is brave of them to come forward,” she added.

A huge debate about racism in Norway erupted after Warsan Ismail, a medical student of Somali origins, started tweeting everyday examples of racism her and her family had experienced. 

The hashtag #norskracisime (Norwegian racism) quickly became a trending topic on Twitter in Norway as more people joined to share their experiences.

Twitter user Umm Usama wrote: “When one is called a ‘radicalized teenager’ because he chooses to practice his religion #norskrasisme.”

Another user, Ronny W. Torteinsen, wrote: “The fact that we have a hashtag called #norskrasisme proves how bad an attitude some Norwegians have #ashamed.”

Minister Horne said she is “surprised at the extent of the problem”.

“According to the law, racism means to be treated differently and to be discriminated against. On several occasions, however, this is not enforced and there are no consequences,” she told the paper, adding that she hopes to start work on a common anti-discrimination law as Minister.

She also finds it unacceptable that people are experiencing discrimination when it comes to the housing and other markets.

“We have a challenge when people are being discriminated against in the job market because of their name,” she said.

Awareness campaigns are not enough according to her.

“It’s also important that adults take responsibility. To children, it doesn’t matter whether their playmate is called Muhammad or Ola. Adults have a different understanding of reality.”

The Progress Party has long been slammed for their immigration policies. They held a press conference in September to try and set the record straight.

This was after several foreign media called them an “anti-immigrant party with links to mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik” following their general election victory together with the Conservatives (H).

In 2011 following the Breivik massacres, the BBC upset Party leader Siv Jensen with a similar description. She wrote a letter of complaint to the broadcaster.

Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Minister Solveig Horne does not believe Progress’ reputation on immigration will affect her political Office position, arguing her Party has led the way in many immigration debates.”

“There are many things that we have suggested that are now Norwegian policy […] It may be that people have prejudices against the Progress Party, but it’s our job to disprove this,” she said to Klassekampen.

“The government will do a good job in the fight against discrimination and racism,” declared Ms. Horne.

She also mentioned the Party has several people with an immigrant background and that she “has many close friends adopted from non-Western countries, and has family from the US.”




Published on Tuesday, 26th November, 2013 at 20:37 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th November 2013 at 21:10.

This post has the following tags: immigrationnorway, norwayracism, asylumnorway.





  
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