I have really struggled A GREAT DEAL since this summer when all the new Immigration Points Systems were put into place in Denmark. I loved the idea of "earning points" for the things we do in our daily lives here as a way to support our application for permanent residency after the 4 year mark. However I did not love the idea of using the points to KEEP FOLKS OUT of DK... especially the ones who married a Dane and are told they are not welcomed to live her.
Mads and I have had many conversations about this and what can be done.... like TRULY DONE. Not just waiting for the election and hoping a new party takes control and not just complaining with other people who feel the same way we do. But a REAL CALL TO ACTION.
I just finished a unit with one of my classes on the Cambodian Genocide and their culminating writing task was their personal understanding of the "roots of genocide" and how small things that we overlook or condone can end up (as history has shown us time and time again) in the exclusion.... deportation.... extermination of millions of people.
No, Denmark is NOT on the brink of a genocide.
But when I look at what experts (AND MY STUDENTS) have identified as the fundamental "roots" that have grown into genocide after genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, I see more similarities than I am comfortable with.
Check out this lesson we did in class...
and see if what is coming from certain politicians' mouths in Denmark gives you a reason to pause...
a reason to worry...
and a reason to act.
I cannot ever become Danish...no matter how many of THESE I get:
But I am committed to making a positive contribution to the community in which I live... and for right now, that community is Herning, Denmark. I live here. I love Denmark. I speak (more and more) Danish. I learn all I can about this country that I call home. I honor the Danish traditions and customs while at the same time honoring my own.
And most importantly, I recognize that the awful people who are saying the awful things do NOT represent the Danish people as a whole.
So my hope is that as I pause...and then find some way to act to make a positive change in MY community of Herning, Denmark, that other foreigners as well as Danes who are as outraged as my Viking is will do the same.
Until we say no more, we are in essence not only allowing, but condoning the name-calling... Dr. Angelou reminds me that we must speak up.