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April 16, 2013 6:27 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (10 comments total)
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"I am writing to you with a simple request, Beatrice Ask. I want us to trade our skins and our experiences. Come on. Let's just do it. You've never been averse to slightly wacky ideas (I still remember your controversial suggestion that anyone who buys sex ought to be sent a notice in a lavender envelope.) For twenty-four hours we'll borrow each other's bodies. First I'll be in your body to understand what it's like to be a woman in the patriarchal world of politics. Then you can borrow my skin to understand that when you go out into the street, down into the subway, into the shopping center, and see the policeman standing there, with the Law on his side, with the right to approach you and ask you to prove your innocence, it brings back memories. Other abuses, other uniforms, other looks. And no, we don't need to go as far back as World War II Germany or South Africa in the eighties. Our recent Swedish history is enough, a series of random experiences that our mutual body suddenly recalls." -- Jonas Hassen Khemiri: An Open Letter to Beatrice Ask
(Swedish original).Jonas Hassen Khemiri
is a Swedish playwright and novelist, Beatrice Ask
is the Swedish minister for justice. As such she's ultimately responsible for Project REVA, " a program meant to expedite cases dealing with people who are in Sweden illegally"; REVA being an acronym of "Legal Certainty and Effective Enforcement (Rättssäkerhet och Effektivt Verkställighetsarbete)".
With Swedish police recently starting checking IDs of anybody they suspect may not have the right papers to stay in Sweden under this programme, there has been somewhat of a controversy about whether or not they're going on the physical appearance of people more than is warranted. When Beatrice Ask, in her role as minister of justice was questioned about this, she argued that people confuse "personal experiences" with racial profiling. Hence Khemiri's open letter, talking about his own experiences growing up in Sweden not quite looking like your average blonde viking.