Swedes continue to use isolated incidents of supposed “reverse racism” to stir up hatred against the immigrant community.
This is a time-honored tradition among the racist right, and it isn’t surprising to see these tropes being reinforced by Russian media, which continually attempts to stir division in European societies.
Video of a violent and unprovoked attack by a man on a woman in Malmo, while his accomplice howls with laughter in the background, has caused outrage in Sweden.
The video purports to show a 20-year-old man, named in the Swedish media as ‘Ali’, striking an unsuspecting woman as she walks past.
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The video was widely shared online over the weekend, but it remains unclear when the brutal assault took place. The Instagram account @ALIBALOTELLII is tagged in the video but has subsequently been deactivated.
The perpetrator’s accomplice, who filmed the incident, shrieks with laughter as the woman struggles to regain consciousness on the ground. Malmo police have yet to make a statement in response to the footage.
The incident is believed to have occurred in Rosengard in Malmo, which is designated a ‘vulnerable area’, and occupied by many at-risk groups, including migrants and the poor.
According to Swedish media reports, the man in the video has perpetrated similar surprise attacks on people in the area in the past, though this has yet to be confirmed by the authorities.
Many online called for Swedes to organize into vigilante groups to stamp out the unprovoked assaults. Others decried the hypocrisy shown, with some questioning what the reaction would have been were it a “Swedish guy who beat a dark-skinned Muslim woman.”
“What if the races were reserved?” is a virulent racist trope.
It’s been repeatedly dismantled, but the moral bankruptcy of white supremacists knows no bounds, and they continue on with it. An army of university professors and other experts on the history of white supremacy and the oppression of brown bodies have explained it in very simple terms: the races couldn’t be reversed, because of the power dynamics inherent in established historical norms of racism.
That is to say: when a Muslim man randomly attacks a white woman, he is fighting back against a historical system of racial injustice. You might compare it to the difference between a kitten playfully scratching a bodybuilder’s arm and a bodybuilder running over a kitten with a semi truck. One thing is not a big deal and something that people can laugh off, while the other is an astonishingly cruel act of sadism.
Honestly, it’s hard to believe that the brown bodies don’t attack Swedes more often. Even after what happened during the Crusades, and the ensuing centuries of entrenched white supremacy in Sweden, the immigrant community has worked tirelessly to enrich the culture of Sweden with vibrant diversity. The Swedes haven’t even acknowledged their incredible contributions to Swedish society, which includes many items used daily and a plethora of new traditions. Instead, Swedes have continued on with a system of white supremacy that they refuse to dismantle despite the pleadings of so many people of color.
If I were a Swede, I wouldn’t be concerned about some random bimbo getting punched. I’d be concerned about what is going to happen if the immigrant community ever decides to stop playing nice and give these white oppressors what they deserve.