Professor of Ethics Ann Heberlein has argued that blonde people in Sweden are subjected to racist abuse and violence from “people with a non-European appearance”. Ms. Heberlein, who appears regularly on Swedish Radio’s “Thoughts for the Day” and “Philosophical Room”, says blonde and Swedish victims of this racism choose to stay silent because “anti-racist” left wingers say that as a “privileged” group, ethnic Swedes have no right to complain.
The professor at Lund University describes the racist abuse hurled at
white women in Sweden, with phrases like “Svenne (meaning ethnic Swede)
whore” and “bloody racist whore” shouted at them by people with migrant
Ms. Heberlein notes that when Swedes answer back to these “unwelcome
overtures”, they’re met with further “abusive epithets and sometimes
the issue of a recent incident in which she and her teenage daughter
were standing waiting to cross a road when, from a passing car, a man
stuck his head out of the sunroof to scream “f***ing blondes!”
Professing that, while always shaken after receiving anti-blonde
abuse, she had “so far chosen to remain silent” on the issue, Ms.
Heberlein recounted people’s reactions when she decided to post about
the incident with the passing car on Facebook.
While “it turns out other blonde women recognise themselves,
tragically” in her account, she noted, the angry reaction from
“anti-racists” served to remind her why Swedish victims of racism don’t
“One of my Facebook friends, a fairly well-known poet and anti-racist
activist recounted my story on his wall. The discussion that ensued
which reminded me of why I had previously chosen not to say anything
when I have been exposed to degrading treatment because of my
appearance, my ‘race’, if you will. ‘I get so tired [of this],’ ‘Is she
for real?’, ‘Racist’ were some of the reactions.”
Reporting that her experience was “questioned and belittled” by
seasoned “anti-racists”, Ms. Heberlein recounted that when she entered
into the discussion she learned she should “keep quiet and stop
After arguing that all “all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity,
sexual orientation and political opinion” should have a right to respect
and safety in public, Ms. Heberlein was told by these “anti-racists” it
is impossible for her to be a victim of racism because, as a white
woman, she is “privileged”.
Ms. Heberlein describes their reasoning for why she should tolerate
anti-blonde abuse, which is that white people are the ones with power in
Sweden, as “obviously unreasonable”.
She asserts that while “it’s probably more common” for people with
migrant backgrounds to be victimised by racist attacks, ethnic Swedes
are not spared. Ms. Heberlein points to two horrific instances which
people argue were hate crimes but notes they were not treated this way
by the public prosecutor.
One of these is the beheading of a mother and murder of her son in IKEA,
where the Eritrean perpetrator admitted choosing his victims because
they “looked Swedish”. Ms. Heberlein also drew attention to a violent
gang rape in Strängnäs, where the attackers taunted their victim, saying “I’m gonna f*** you, little Swedish girl”.
The professor of ethics states that in a fair society, all citizens
should have the same rights and no one should be discriminated against
for characteristics like their sex and race. “That this obvious and
basic premise is not shared by everyone in our society is shocking,” she
Ms. Heberlein concluded: “The incident at the crossing in Lund, I
have shaken off a long time ago – but the macabre discussion that ensued
on my anti-racist friend’s facebook page regarding the impossibility of
a white woman being exposed to racism, I will not forget.”