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DN Opinion. Black women in Sweden are subjected to sexism and racism

A black, pregnant woman gets violently attacked and abducted by the stewards on the subway in Stockholm. They claim that the woman lacks proof and must be rejec

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DN Opinion. Black women in Sweden are subjected to sexism and racism

A black, pregnant woman gets violently attacked and abducted by the stewards on the subway in Stockholm. They claim that the woman lacks proof and must be rejected from the subway.

She has been with her daughter, witnessing the event. The woman may förvärkar, she lies on the ground, screams of pain, but ordningsvakterna ignore her cries for help, and chooses instead to treat her with a total lack of humanity and compassion.

It is obvious that in their eyes it doesn't matter that the situation is perceived as threatening and creating fear for the woman and the child. The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital with förvärkar, traumatized mentally and physically by the event.

if the same thing had happened if it was a white pregnant woman with her child. Had the guards really treated her as inhuman, without fear of retaliation?

It is not likely, therefore, that there is a difference in how black women are treated compared to white women. Black women as “women” are not given a value, and our vulnerability to masculine violence is not taken seriously.

We are not considered to be “protecting women” on the same terms as white women. Our vulnerability remains nonetheless rendered partially invisible and are not recognised.

doubly vulnerable to racism and sexism at the same time. We know from experience that our lives and our children's lives, always sammanvävd with violence, hatred and contempt and to vardagsrasismen, afrofobin and anti-black racism and sexism affects us in a way where genusargumenten does not apply to us.

the Stewards attack was both racist and sexist and is a clear example of the avhumanisering, humiliation and contempt for black women prevailing in the society. We have high demands on security companies, politicians and the police take this violence seriously and recognizes the difference in treatment of black women.

The relevant ordningsvakterna to be dismissed, more secure and humane procedures to be introduced and training if the black anti-racist feminism so that no one black woman and her child, should ever have to be humiliated and stripped of their dignity in this way again.

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