Dear DAVID ZUCCHINO
International New York Times
First of all, thank you so much for a detailed description of the present situation of discrimination in my adopted country Denmark. It helps that a Newspaper of such repute took the time to look at the situation.
There are many intersecting observations, you have put on paper. I am sure that the readers would get a reasonable picture of the country at present.
Having said that, it is also important to point out that the head line and many observations need adjusting.
First, we do not have migrants coming to Denmark. Migration was officially terminated in 1972. Most people that are allowed to come are asylum-seekers from areas where Denmark has also been directly involved as war accomplice, namely Afghanistan, Libya. Iraq and Syria.
Secondly, the most important part of anti-Islam discourse is not the Muslim refugees but the racist and Islamophobic narrative that was introduced in the Danish politics in eighties and has flourished under Danish People’s Party’s patronage and adopted by other right-wing parties as well as the constant negative media propaganda against Islam and Muslim communities.
There are lots of reports, academic research and NGO work that would clearly point out that racist attitudes have always been under the surface in Denmark and these surface when it is expedient for politicians. I hope that when you come to Copenhagen next time,
you would meet academics and NGOs who has been working with racism and Islamophobia for decades. You would then get the real picture