Fighting hate with a message for the entire world

Iranian-born Mina Dennert is leading a movement that challenges racial hatred in Sweden She woke up with her hair cut off and her body covered in Nazi symbols. She was 14 years old. In the white, rich and apparently peaceful area of Kullavik, south of Gothenburg, Sweden, Mina Dennert had become a girl who posed a threat to the white race.  “Not being Swedish had never even occurred to me,” Dennert admitted, 26 years later, as she reflected on how you go about taking back control of your own life after such a devastating event. The social climate back then and its consequences, which resulted in the humiliation and rejection of that particular teenage girl in the suburb of Kullavik, meant that Dennert almost ceased to exist.  Today, at least, there’s an answer. Dennert is the founder of #jagärhär, the Swedish movement known in the UK as #iamhere. The aim of the #jagärhär movement is for nobody to be exposed to hate speech or threats, and for nobody to have to face hatred alone. All of this seems immediately relevant in light of President Donald Trump’s disparaging statement on European immigration, likening immigrants to terrorists and calling it “very negative”… Read full this story

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