Denmark’s xenophobic and especially Islamophobic government plans to regulate by law the life in 25 low-income Muslim neighborhoods in Copenhagen. The message is clear and should cause outrage but we have not heard a humble finger lifted by the European Union about the government’s forced assimilation plan.
Denmark’s forced assimilation plans should be seen in the same light as conversion therapy for gays and lesbians because it is based on the presumption of what one group subjectively sees as “normal.” Moreover, the motive of those who want to assimilate these Muslims is rooted in racism and white Danish privilege. The last thing they want these children to be when they grow up is to be equal citizens of society with a mind of their own.
Writes the New York Times:
“Starting at the age of 1, “ghetto children” must be separated from their families for at least 25 hours a week, not including nap time, for mandatory instruction in “Danish values,” including the traditions of Christmas and Easter, and Danish language. Noncompliance could result in a stoppage of welfare payments. Other Danish citizens are free to choose whether to enroll children in preschool up to the age of six.”
Read the full story here.
Apart from getting answers like what are “Danish values,” there is no guarantee that these children will not suffer from discrimination and racism when they grow older.
The best integration policy that the Danish government can make, without exposing its hypocrisy and racism, is to offer opportunities for people to be treated as equal members of society irrespective of their background. The country’s integration policies make a mockery and sham of those Nordic values that it claims to uphold.
But what can you expect from a country that had fertile ground for the growth of the Islamophobic Danish People’s Party and Integration Minister Inger Stöjberg, who celebrated last year with a cake the fiftieth amendment to tighten immigration policy?
Expect consternation and anger. Mark my words, Denmark is planting another seed of serious social discord and disruption.
The Danish government’s plan to assimilate low-income migrant children should get strong condemnation but all we hear is that eerie silence of approval.
It is no coincidence that Denmark has not only reached notoriety as an Islamophobic country but one on steroids.