Five Stories

recording April 21, 2021 03:20
actor ticket 010-014

Story 1.

In middle school, there were two boys, who consistently called a black Danish boy the n-word or "slave." He asked them to stop multiple times. No teachers bothered to do anything about it. Thinking back at it, I should have said or done something. But at the age of 14, I was too scared.

Story 2.

I have experienced multiple times that a white ethnic Dane has referred to either my family and I or my brown friends and I as ‘those other people’. Once, I was in the supermarket with my mom and we were speaking Arabic. We were passing a narrow passage in the supermarket and had to pass by two majority ethnic woman. One of them refused to move a little to the side and boldly exclaimed, "Those people never know how to walk around."" I was shocked and upset and decided to confront her by asking what she meant by "Those other people."" To this she loudly shouted that we had pushed and touched her - recreating the stereotype that "the others" are violent and that the white women is innocent. Whilst it made me upset in the moment, it mostly made me sad. I am no "other" and I am certainly not violent.

Story 3.

In my football team, they used to call one of our dark-skinned teammates "the black sheep."" They would also mock him for being more "hairy" than the rest.

Story 4.

I coincidentally met an old friend on the train the other day. We had not seen each other for a few years, so we were perhaps a little loud when we noticed each other on the train. We swiftly recognized this and toned down. But a lady still decided to turn around and say, "Can you shut up? You can’t scream here. This is not your home country. Go back to where you come from." Both my friend and I are born and raised in Denmark. We were speaking in Danish.

Story 5.

I grew up near a place where there would always be a lot of graffiti on the walls. One day, I was walking home from school and saw that the graffiti was no longer harmless scribbles and doodles. It said, "Kill all muslims" in large, black letters.

The original submission is in Danish.