Racists Targeting Refugees Pretend to Care about Assaults in Germany and Sweden

Update: Most of the attackers in Cologne were white. “On Friday, the Cologne prosecutor Ulrich Bremer in fact told me that, of the 59 suspects pinpointed so far, just four are from war-torn countries (Syria and Iraq), only 14 are in custody, and nobody has yet been charged. Nearly 600 hours of CCTV reveals very little, and there is no evidence whatsoever that the alleged attacks were planned in advance.”

I’ve got to hand it to racists, they don’t just “care” about saving Muslim women from oppressive Muslim men; they also care very much about saving white women from barbaric men of color.

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You can just FEEL how much he cares.

During a New Year’s celebration in Cologne, Germany, women reported around 22 (estimated) orchestrated assaults by men of Arab or North African appearance. The horrific incidents were, of course, at once hijacked by nationalist, right-wing racists, who were conveniently suddenly very invested in women’s rights and safety. Despite the fact that none of the actual victims nor a representative size of the women of nations who have opened borders to large numbers of refugees felt the need to politicize these attacks, knights in shining armor, who otherwise spend their time counting false rape accusations or denying the wage gap, came galloping in on their shiny white horses with their shiny white skin.

Amnesia is an incredible thing, and so is projection. The white man fears men of color because he knows what he has done. Organized rape is not unprecedented, and it’s still rape when it comes dressed in prettier terms. White men can literally travel to Colombia, the Philippines, Thailand, Kenya for the purpose of exploiting/raping women (or ‘sex tourism’) using systems in place to help them coerce women, and when white women are assaulted it’s considered ‘unprecedented.’ No, an article actually uses that word.

Organized rape has happened during every European invasion in history. It happened in the Americas–and still does–to indigenous women, it happened through the African continent–and still does–during the slave trade, it happened in every systematic genocide and it is anything but unprecedented. The only time we should fear “refugees” is when they’re white.

Propaganda by racists relying on the crimes, whether real or fictitious, of any person or people of color is nothing new either. The treatment of women in the Middle East was a popular justification for invading Afghanistan and Iraq and blasting those very women we care oh-so-much about to pieces. And sadly, that’s not even the most recent: historically, and even now, white women perceive of their attackers as dark-skinned. In her book, The Color of Crime, Katheryn Russell-Brown documented 67 racial hoax cases between 1987 and 1996, 70% of which were white-on-black. She says, because the most common type of hoax targeting black men is rape,  “it’s not surprising that so many White women have created Black male rapists as their fictional criminals.”

I am by no means suggesting that the women attacked in Cologne weren’t assaulted or didn’t see their attackers–let’s be clear that I believe every part of the story, and I’m deeply unhappy with the German authorities unsurprising response to advise the women to take careful measures. Rather, I’m pointing out that women like Bonnie Sweeten, who falsely accused two black men of kidnapping her daughter; like Amanda Knox, who falsely accused a black man of killing her roommate; like Bethany Storro, who threw acid in her own face and blamed a black woman, are able to operate on what we all know as truth: the hearts of racists are inflamed at the prospect of a man of color committing a crime against a white woman, absolutely inspired to fuel hatred against an entire people. Because they care. All of the sudden. As Laurie Penny writes:

This is not the first time a European city administration has responded to an outbreak of sexual violence by blaming the women. It is the first time in recent history that the right-wing press has not joined in the condemnation of these wanton strumpets who dare to think they might be able to have a good time without worrying what ‘invitation’ they’re sending to men. Instead, the right wing blames… liberals. Who apparently caused all this by daring to suggest that refugees should be able to come to Europe in safety.

It’d be great if we could take rape, sexual assault and structural misogyny as seriously every day as we do when migrants and Muslims are involved as perpetrators. The attacks in Cologne were horrific. The responses – both by officials and by the armies of Islamophobes and xenophobes who have jumped at the chance to condemn Muslim and migrant men as savages – have also been horrific. Cologne has already seen violent protests by the far-right anti-migrant organisation Pegida, a group not previously noted for its dedication to progressive feminism. Angela Merkel has responded by tightening the rules for asylum seekers, but for many commentators, it’s not enough.

It’s astounding truly, how rightwing bigots believe they can really fool women into thinking they suddenly care about women’s rights or safety. In Sweden, after gangs of masked men physically assaulted non-Swedes, Swedish women responded with the hashtag campaign #inteerkvinna (#notyourwoman) to protest the men, particularly after right-wingers violently attacked refugee youths claiming their motives were to “protect” Swedish women. (I don’t give white feminists cookies for their allyship, but I really want to do it just this once.)

As a friend of mine once said, men are like the Mafia–they offer you “protection” from themselves.

12 thoughts on “Racists Targeting Refugees Pretend to Care about Assaults in Germany and Sweden

  1. Justsomeone

    Sure neo-nazis are going to have a field year in 2016 but what you are missing is that the large majority of people concerned are of the common folk. Also medieval times are history and shouldn’t be relevant to our behviour today.
    Btw did you know that the state of Finland funded a study about the background of rapists?
    Turns out that muslim migrants are per capita over 15 times more likely to get caught for committing rape than the natives. I can give you a link if you want to but its in finnish.
    Combined with muslim clerics justifying our rape like for a example:
    http: //www. youtube. com /watch?v=1Iz4wc7jbac

    Its not racist or unreasonable to say that we have a issue with increased sexual violence caused by muslim migrants. Not to mention ISIS.

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    1. “Also medieval times are history and shouldn’t be relevant to our behviour today.”

      Did you READ THE POST?

      “Its not racist or unreasonable to say that we have a issue with increased sexual violence caused by muslim migrants. Not to mention ISIS.”

      Yeah, let me ask you something. Why is it whenever I show up at a white woman’s blog complaining about sex tourism and systematic, strategic rape carried out *in contemporary times* by neocolonial white men no one cares?

      ISIS targets Muslim women. You are threatened by your “own” men, the white men *among you* are more likely to rape you, and to be concerned about ISIS or Muslim men when Muslim women are in the most danger from them is nothing short of selfish. That kind of self-involvement is unbearable (I can’t tolerate whiners), a trademark of fragile white femininity, and will get you banned.

      “Turns out that muslim migrants are per capita over 15 times more likely to get caught for committing rape than the natives.”

      Are you aware of your own language? LOL of course the natives don’t get caught. They look too native and people like you don’t suspect them.

      Considering Muslim women are proven to be in MOST danger from ISIS and Muslim men, I want you to find me a single Muslim woman in all of Finland who feels *especially* threatened by brown-skinned refugees, instead of paranoid white women operating on their racism. You won’t, because we know better than you. Keeping refugees out will not prevent rape. It won’t even DECREASE the incidents of rape. It will have absolutely zero impact.

      Btw, I’m sure medieval times are relevant to you when it’s convenient. The past is the reason for the present. Ask your fellow European nations to return everything they’ve stolen from the Middle East (and Africa) and maybe you won’t have a refugee crisis created by centuries of enforced poverty.

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      1. Justsomeone

        “Did you READ THE POST?”

        Tell me when europe had the last time such massive sexual violence in peacetime?

        “Yeah, let me ask you something. Why is it whenever I show up at a white woman’s blog complaining about sex tourism and systematic, strategic rape carried out *in contemporary times* by neocolonial white men no one cares?”

        How could I possibly know when I personally never saw you showing up on any other blog before.

        “ISIS targets Muslim women. You are threatened by your “own” men, the white men *among you* are more likely to rape you, and to be concerned about ISIS or Muslim men when Muslim women are in the most danger from them is nothing short of selfish. That kind of self-involvement is unbearable (I can’t tolerate whiners), a trademark of fragile white femininity, and will get you banned.”

        Muslim women under ISIS can become housewives and have slave servants. Non-muslim women can either flee, fight or become slaves unless they have a enough wealthy family.
        And it would be pretty extreme if a 1% minority would do more crime than the rest 99% of the population. However this does not change that there is a increase in crime or in the way it is being done.

        “Are you aware of your own language? LOL of course the natives don’t get caught. They look too native and people like you don’t suspect them.”

        So how do you explain the difference in crime per capita between musilm migrants and other migrants? South-Americans, South-Africans, Eastern-Asians, ect also don’t get caught as much.
        Are you suggesting that the finnish police is in some bizarre way racist?

        “Considering Muslim women are proven to be in MOST danger from ISIS and Muslim men, I want you to find me a single Muslim woman in all of Finland who feels *especially* threatened by brown-skinned refugees, instead of paranoid white women operating on their racism. You won’t, because we know better than you.”

        Proven where? Sure most of the victims are muslims but thats because they haven’t yet occupied non-muslim territory.

        “Keeping refugees out will not prevent rape. It won’t even DECREASE the incidents of rape. It will have absolutely zero impact.”

        The sudden influx of muslim migrants has ALREADY caused a spike in crime statistics. Sorry but the data has proven beyond reasonable doubt that keeping the muslim migrants out would de-facto have prevented rape.

        “Btw, I’m sure medieval times are relevant to you when it’s convenient. The past is the reason for the present. Ask your fellow European nations to return everything they’ve stolen from the Middle East (and Africa) and maybe you won’t have a refugee crisis created by centuries of enforced poverty.”

        By that logic we could also demand compensation from Sweden and Russia. Even if you do believe so, its pointless to cry about spilled milk.

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        1. Peacetime? When has Europe ever had peacetime? Your entire continent is STILL terrorizing its former colonies. You call this peace?

          Yes, I AM suggesting that the Finnish police are racist. It’s not about targeting all non-whites evenly, it’s about targeting the demographic that’s most effective and nationalistic to target, according to the appropriate time period. It’s effective to target specific men now just as it was effective to target Jews, Roma, and gay men for the Nazis. I should not have to explain this, and I frankly don’t have the time.

          And please, it’s clearly evident that even in majority non-Muslim nations where Muslims “occupy” non-Muslim territory (obvs that means something different to you) tho ones Muslim men hurt are STILL Muslim women. There has been no spike. Your sociologists are as racist as your police.

          “By that logic we could also demand compensation from Sweden and Russia.”

          Go on ahead, who’s stopping you? It’s not pointless to ME–Britain owes me millions.

          I have to get to work. Please refrain from further conversation involving absolutely basic points as if I haven’t heard them before. The fact that you think it’s so incredible the Finnish police might be racist tells me everything about your perspective.

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  2. Justsomeone

    If you have the credibility of a anonymous person making up conspiracy theories without a shred of evidence or any argument then its no wonder if you get ignored in the ocean of information that is the internet.
    Good day madam.

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  3. As a man I promise you feminists one thing: I will never protect a woman when she is under attack. I will walk by and allow her to be assaulted – lest I’d be racist and sexist. The only ones I will protect are my own loved ones – because I owe them my love, my loyalty and protection.

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    1. You’re a very confused person, Tristan van Oosten. Your statement about refraining from assisting any woman who isn’t related to you, whether by blood ties of friendship, from being attacked demonstrates a distinct lack of compassion for other human beings. That is very sad.

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      1. Oh he’s just throwing a hissy fit because he thinks being accused of sexism or racism is worse than being physically assaulted and how dare we not be grateful. #manproblems

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  4. Sumayah

    I read that when they realized that one of the attackers was a white man who groped a news anchor’s breast and kissed her neck that commenters of the like excused it as “oh he’s just having fun” or “just drunk”. Pretty much sums it up.

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