A bout of insomnia last night has left me almost too knackered to blog today (You should have read Gore’s book! –ed. But I don’t like bad science fiction.), but I can’t let this one pass:
Did you hear the one about the Swedish principle who banned sports jerseys bearing the Swedish flag from a Swedish school — because it’s a racist, xenophobic symbol?
A school principal in southern Sweden has banned pupils from posing for class photos wearing national team shirts containing Swedish flags.
Since national flags may be perceived by some as xenophobic, eighth grade pupils in Karlshamn have been ordered to wear less inflammatory garb for a photo to be published in the school yearbook.
"Anybody looking at the photo could view it as a political demonstration," principal Pär Blondell from Strandskolan told news agency TT.
The headmaster added that some of the pupils have labelled the ruling "ridiculous".
Following an article on the subject in newspaper Sydsvenkan, a number of parents and irate letter-writers contacted the principal to express their dismay at the shirt ban.
But Blondell stuck to his guns, arguing that the pupils risked inadvertently earning themselves a bad reputation. People could begin speculating about "the racists from Karlshamn" once the yearbook began being distributed in the Malmö area, he said.
Malmo is the Swedish city with perhaps the highest percentage of Muslim immigrants in Sweden. Riots are a regular occurrence there, and the public order situation is so bad that there are Muslim areas of Malmo that are no-go zones for the police.
One wonders if the principal is doing this out of multicultural sensitivity, or if he’s just plain scared. Actually, I don’t wonder at all.
LINKS: Gates of Vienna has more.