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You will never be
one of us.

You may have better education than us,
you may have better ideas than us,
you may be more skilled than us,

But you will never be
one of us.

You will never taste freedom like
one of us.

You will never feel secure like
one of us.

We send you money
without accountability

Or when we do ask for accountability
it is for you to do things the way we do them.

We send you experts
paid by our fat budgets
experts who are there
to tell you
how things are done
the way we do them.

You will never be
one of us.

You may have better education than us,
you may have better ideas than us,
you may be more skilled than us,.

But you will never be
one of us.

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Comment by Paul Gibbins on March 31, 2010 at 10:31pm
But, Why not?
Comment by Paul Gibbins on March 31, 2010 at 11:07pm
"From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs"
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on April 1, 2010 at 12:35am
I guess my comment was about for instance how immigrants are treated in Norway. not always, but sometimes.

for instance, we have now several immigrants who are members of parliament. often, these immigrants (or second generation immigrants, that is (language is tricky, see?) are labeled as "immigrant politicians". Not as members of parliament who work on certain issues ranging from economic policy, to environmental issues, etc. They are seen as 'immigrant politicians' who are expected by many (certainly not by all!) to be dealing mostly with immigrant politics. Always ready to comment on Anything related to immigration.

That is one example of how "you" will never be seen by us as being "one of us". My "poem" was too short, maybe, or it was too vague - but I made it vague on purpose. I didnt want to explain too much. I wanted you to think yourself, how you interpret it.

I dont want politicians who come from a certain ethnic group to be seen as "ethnic politicians". I don't want musicians from a certain country automatically to be labelled under the 'World Music' category in record stores. I hate that. It's arrogant and pathetic. It just proves our intellectual laziness.

A few years ago I worked as a consultant for a Danish TV station called Canal Africa. It deals with African issues, tries to portray Africa (the continent! its not some frigging country) as a diverse, wonderful set of places, millions of diverse people.

This eurocentric view of many of us from the West is quite sad to witness. Yes, I am white. No, I don't "hate myself". I am proud of some of the things Norway has done, or does, or that people who happen to be white has done. But there are other things that are so awful. Colonization is one of them. Just look at how Italy messed up Libya, for instance. Awful!

Anyway, I might come off as cynical or rude in this post, but I hoped that the irony/sarcasm was so thick that it shone through ;)
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on April 1, 2010 at 1:28am
you know, norway is acting more like Dubai or Kuwait than we would like to think ourselves. we want to see us as big peace-makers. The Oslo Agreement. Our United Nations involvement. Nobel Peace Prize. Blabla. But in fact, Norway is shutting off the rest of the world a lot more.

We Norwegians can be such pricks sometimes :) Also, sometimes, when we are smiling at you. I know, its bad.


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