Denmark: Danish apartheid

Denmark: Danish apartheid

This article appeared in a Swedish newspaper.


"What do you call the problem in Sweden?" asks Ålholm schools' principal Michael Olesen before we have time to sit down in his office.

The problem?

"Here in Denmark we say 'bilinguals' or 'Danish with a different ethnic background', but really everybody knows that it's the Muslims."

Last semester the Ålholm school decided to split up the third grade according to ethnicity. "Ethnic Danes" and some 'bilinguals' in 3a. The parallel class 3B was filled 100% with Muslim students.

The division upset several of the parents of the Muslim children, but the school isn't yielding.

"Danish parents threatened to move their children to other schools because there were too many immigrants here," says Michael Olesen.

"People are nervous about their children's upbringing. They feel that Muslims belong to a different culture. Muslims are violent and steal more, that's certainly a fact."

Why do you work here really?

"I like the challenge of working in such an environment."

Michael Olesen describes Danes as quite tolerant, "but there's a pain threshold".

"If 30% of the students are made up of immigrants, there's no danger. That's acceptable. When it becomes 40% 'it starts to hurt'. When it's over 50%, yes, then Danish parents feel a threat."

"If there are more than half Muslim students, the school is governed not by Danish, but by Muslim norms."

Michael Olesen thinks that the school's administration was forced to act.

If the ethnic Danes would leave the school it would mean that Ålholm school would turn into a 'ghetto school' for 'Muslims and poor white trash'.

"The division into Danish students and Muslim students contributed to bringing back parents of ethnic Danish children."

Ålholm school's experiment with black-white classes wasn't a new phenomenon in Denmark. Frederikssund school tested it already six years ago and more schools have done likewise since.

"We are forced to do it, otherwise there will be 100% bilinguals in such classes in any case. The Muslim parents don't want their children to go to a ghetto school either."

He did the Muslim children respond to being put into a separate class?

"I hadn't started at the school when the separation was made, so I don't know how it was explained then. but it's clear there's a risk that Muslim children would feel like a B-team."

The door stands wide-open. A receptionist and gym teacher drop by during the interview. Michael Olesen gives a secure and confident impression.

In Denmark's capital a school principal of a big school sounds sure of himself, including when he states that many Muslims in the country are "socially and culturally stagnate".

"We must not be blind to the fact that it's a group which doesn't respect us Danes. They maybe don't hate us, but they don't accept us."

How do you know that?

"I know that Muslims don't love me and my country." He adds that he keeps away from their women, as they're strictly watched and brothers keep an eye on their sisters.

Michael Olesen further gives us an example fro the school world why he thinks that 'immigrants hate Denmark'.

"It was the world championship and the school showed Denmark's matches. I was shocked to see how all the immigrant children cheered for the other country, regardless of which it was."

The Muslim children are born in Denmark. How will they feel Danish when you separate them from the rest of the children?

"But they never say that they're Danish. In most cases they call themselves something else, for example, Turk or Palestinian.

"I can respect that the Muslims are here, but not what they are. How they beat their children or look at me for example."

When will people be Danish?

"They must accept Danish values. Muslims stand for a violence and threat culture. Danes, on the other hand, are focused on dialog that rests on democratic values. For the Danes there isn't only one truth. For Muslims halal and haram rules."

Outside the window behind the principal, the students are going home. On the school's side we find an MP3 file with the "Ålholm song"

The chorus goes:

"Do you know a school with begins with Å?
Ålholm school - it's good to go there
There are many things, that we like
but the school's biggest plus is its solidarity"

Source: Norra Skåne

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