Swedish political correctness goes into reverse as black teacher is excluded from "black film" class

The expulsion of the black trainee school teacher simply for being black is being described in the wider Swedish media as an instance illustrating that the country's politically correct attitudes may need a re-think

by the commentator on 26 April 2014 12:05

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In what close observers of political correctness in Europe are describing as one of the most remarkable confusions in recent years, it is being reported from Sweden that a black student school teacher was sent out of a "black film class" for fear of prejudicing discussion among the mainly white students.

Sweden's The Local, reported: "A Swedish trainee teacher was asked to leave the classroom because the pupils were about to discuss a film with black actors, and her presence could "inhibit the debate".

The school's "logic" was framed in terms of a deeply-held belief in Swedish officialdom that racial, religious and cultural groups think in terms of the groups to which they belong, rather than in terms of any given item that they are asked to talk about.

The teaching student, from Malmo University, has filed an official complaint to Sweden's discrimination ombudsman. She said that the film had focused on criminality among young black boys. After it had been shown, the class teacher threw her out so that the students could discuss the matter without her presence getting in the way of the discussion.

"To make a long story short you could say that the school's actions have been, to say the least, remarkable," the student teacher, Hosana Hadgu, was quoted by The Local as saying.

Sweden is well known for taking a bizarre approach on some occasions to issues involving race, religion and culture though usually such instances reflect a hypersensitive attitude to minorities.

For example, in December 2013 the Swedish parliament removed a baroque masterpiece of a semi-naked Juno from the building's dining room for fear of offending Muslims and feminists. The move provoked, in equal measure, hilarity and consternation among art lovers.

The expulsion of the black trainee school teacher simply for being black is being described in the wider Swedish media as an instance illustrating that the country's politically correct attitudes may need a re-think.

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