Roughly one-third have experienced a direct racist attack. The same number get the feeling that they have become second-class people in their jobs. The European police are not honored either. About 58 percent of European Africans are shown by white policemen to belong to an inferior human species and treated accordingly.
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The investigation took place in 13 countries of the European Union. In Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Spain. Surprisingly, European Africans have the worst experiences with Germans, Austrians and Finns.
To a certain extent, it is possible to explain the unkind treatment of them in Austria, and especially in Germany, by oversaturation of both countries with refugees, when especially the Germans, left to their own devices by a number of European countries in the refugee issue, already have refugees literally over their heads and are far from paying for them that Merkel “we can do it”.
Then, of course, the Finns do not understand their attitude towards people from Africa at all, if, moreover, their neighbors and culturally close Swedes represent the exact opposite.
Mentally numb society
Finnish commentator Lapin Kansa, although he believes that racism is an unacceptable social phenomenon, believes that it is probably deeply rooted in Finnish society and that it will take a long time to eradicate it.
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Although he has no idea what tools to use to gradually eliminate it, he only knows that even in a society characterized by high education and openness to the world, education alone is probably not enough.
Pia Heikkilä, reporter for Kauppalehti, quotes her Indian friend. He asked her why the Finns openly hate foreigners when they are so well off and when can they be considered a truly happy nation? She did not find an answer to the question.
It just occurred to her that her countrymen, originally a forest nation, were frightened by foreigners as such, and that perhaps they simply did not want to share the goods they had hard won in the harsh northern nature.
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At the same time, he discovers that racism has a pernicious effect on the economy itself. Discrimination against minorities immobilizes her. He writes: “When we discriminate against people of a different ethnicity, gender, or religion, we discriminate against their talent, capacity for innovation, and cultural perspective.”
He emphasizes that the mentioned knowledge is the result of a whole series of university studies. They discovered long ago that “groups of people of different sexes and skin colors are more inventive and productive than groups of people of the same origin.”
It is actually a clique that the researchers left out the Czech Republic. We would probably get similar marks as the Finns. If only because it is difficult to find such a mentally rigid society as our Czech one in Europe.
The author is a collaborator of the magazine Přítomnost
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