Mugabe was a deluded despot, death can’t cleanse that

By Edinah Masanga The people defending Robert Mugabe’s “legacy” and wading off any criticism of him by positing that we should not speak ill of the dead, need to remember one simple thing: Mugabe’s legacy is not flack-free. It is mired in corruption, political violence and an economic quagmire of unimaginable proportions. There is no amount of how he fought the liberation struggle only to … Continue reading Mugabe was a deluded despot, death can’t cleanse that

The Swedish police & the myth of the non-existent ‘violent black man’

By: Edinah Masanga Between running a company; presiding over a non-profit; mothering my three gorgeous kids; and trying to decide if I should get a boyfriend, it would really help if the Swedish society were not openly biased so that I do not have to write about this shit again: BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOT AN EXISTENT THREAT TO ANYBODY. They are just people. Of course, … Continue reading The Swedish police & the myth of the non-existent ‘violent black man’

In Sweden, Children are Citizens… Not Overheads

by Christian Christensen It is a mid-May Sunday in Stockholm. It is drizzling. It is very cold. I’m taking my daughter to the opening of a new municipal playground in the centre of the city: a great place designed by people who obviously thought a lot about what kids like. The playground is located in a prime spot. In many other cities in the world, … Continue reading In Sweden, Children are Citizens… Not Overheads

Populist political parties taking advantage of ‘Swedish naivety’ on immigration

By: Edinah Masanga In the summer of 2018, I met a Swedish guy who I wanted to contract for my business. He travelled to my town for a meeting and I took him to one of the most popular and exclusive seafood restaurants on the harbour. He said something that day, which I have never forgotten. This guy, with his blonde hair and blue eyes, … Continue reading Populist political parties taking advantage of ‘Swedish naivety’ on immigration

Bonusfamiljen placing mostly silent black actors is a failure at inclusiveness

By: Edinah Masanga It has been a while since I wrote commentary but that is because I have been busy writing a book on my race-based experiences here in Sweden. I will tell you more on that later but first, let’s get to the issue at hand. Talking of writing I watched SVT drama Bonusfamiljen during my hiatus, which I love by the way, but … Continue reading Bonusfamiljen placing mostly silent black actors is a failure at inclusiveness

DEBATE: Attempts to silence me are brazen, ambitious even, but will always fail

By: Edinah Masanga I can only marvel at the burden of being a black African in the midst of white supremacy denialists. I can’t even own my Africaness proudly or tell my experiences boldly without spooking some people’s guilty conscience about racism against black folks. People who are in denial about racism and discrimination seem to feel that those of us who experience it should … Continue reading DEBATE: Attempts to silence me are brazen, ambitious even, but will always fail

Africa’s bird fell out of the sky and we, all Africans, are heartbroken

By: Edinah Masanga I have a tradition, a personal one, on Sundays I lie in bed all morning whether or not am sleeping. I sometimes will eat a bowl of cereal while listening to music. I never read or do strenuous work on Sunday mornings. But somehow I checked my phone first thing when I woke up late on Sunday the 10th of March. The … Continue reading Africa’s bird fell out of the sky and we, all Africans, are heartbroken

Politician implores Sweden not to become famous for deporting highly skilled workers

Although the government has for several years said that the problem would be remedied, highly skilled professionals deportation have continued in 2019, writes Jakob Forssmed (KD), on SvD Debatt. “The possibility of recruiting globally is central to Swedish companies’ competitiveness and is threatened if it is perceived as insecure and uncertain to work in Sweden and that the prospects can suddenly be withdrawn due to … Continue reading Politician implores Sweden not to become famous for deporting highly skilled workers

Sweden must intervene to save innocent Swedish children from IS parents

By: Edinah Masanga Children do not choose their parents. Neither can they can save themselves or control their parents’ actions thus to punish children for the crimes of their parents is a callous and heartless act. If it were up to me, I would have been born in Sweden, had free education, never had to walk 8 kilometres to school or spend three days on … Continue reading Sweden must intervene to save innocent Swedish children from IS parents

We are never gonna get anywhere like this

By: Edinah Masanga The feedback to my comment piece on the racial prejudice in Swedish society is baffling, to say the least. People – who have clearly missed the point – keep asking us not to talk about racism because ‘what about those who are not racist’, as if the existence of good automatically cancels the existence of darkness. Those who are not racist are … Continue reading We are never gonna get anywhere like this