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Denmark is a very Racist Country

Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
in response to reader comment: The Growing Racism in Denmark

Submitted by NYC (United States), Jul 20, 2008 at 18:32

I went to Germany to study abroad in 2006 and visited several different countries.
My favorite city was Prague. I absolutely loved the country and the people. Very Friendly & the country was beautiful. I highly recommend visiting the Czech Republic.
I also went to Italy (Loved) and Amsterdam (2nd Favorite after Prague)

I decided to visit Denmark because an American couple that was also studying abroad loved it.
I went there for the weekend and could not wait to leave.
I have never in my life experienced the type of racism I experienced in Denmark.
After the cab driver dropped me off in front of the hotel three men in their late 20s were calling me names.
I was a little taken aback and did not know how to respond.
I was called certain racist names by not only men and women but even young pre-teens.
The parents who were with the pre-teens did not say anything to their children.
The reason I was in shock is because this took place in Copenhagen. There were a lot of foreign tourists and I'm not sure if they experienced the same thing or maybe did not understand what the people were saying but it was a nightmare.

I am not the type of person that believes all Danes are Racist because that would be unfair. You cannot blame an entire country or people for a few bad experiences.
However, I know that I would never go back.
I recently spoke to a friend who was adopted and now lives down the street from me in NYC.
She grew up in Denmark and the reason she left was because of the experiences that she had but she still loves Denmark because its her home and where her family currently lives.

I believe you have a right to believe and say whatever you want but being a Racist has always boggled my mind.
I will never understand people who are racist and I'm glad that as the years go by the more accepting people are of the differences that exist in this country.

If you pass me on the street & want to say something racist to try to offend me...I have heard it all before so if you really want to make me angry...Tell me I look fat!


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