Run, Nigger, Run

This is a story written by a Somali woman living in Finland that shares her experiances with racism. She’s very brave.

Somali Womanhood

I came to this country as a refugee in 1990, at the time of recession and when foreigners where a rarity. As a result, we had become a “Somali shock” overnight. It was common at the time to hear racial slurs, to wake up to the sounds of “perkele”, to drink tea to “mutakuono” and to dance to “vitun neekeri”. People would stop to gawk on the streets, kids yelling “look mommy, a nigger”. Grandmothers would ambush me in the swimming hall shower and scrub me down, hoping to wash the color off. Others, after a few pints, would come over to touch my hair and make inappropriate propositions. I went from being an individual, with aspirations, feelings and rights, to a degraded sub-human: a “mud face”, “nigger”, “whore”, and “social loafer”.

On the good days when I needed exercise, which was usually from Monday to Friday, I got that…

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3 thoughts on “Run, Nigger, Run

  1. “On the good days when I needed exercise, which was usually from Monday to Friday, I got that while being chased by skinheads, at 7:30 every morning on my way to Finnish lessons. I had gone, overnight, from hating running, to becoming a talented long distance runner.”

    – Let me get this straight now: Skinheads of Helsinki wake every morning at 6:00, put studded Doc Martins on and go chasing Somali women on icy roads and -25C weather. That is good exercise indeed, but yet those Skinheads fail everytime against women with flowing ropes and sandals.

    – I myself went to work along the same roads at the same time and never saw this fabulous sporting event. Neither did I ever see the Police escort which was later provided. Policemen of Finland do not wake at 6:30 and go walk about for any reason.

    — I do not like this story. On the other hand, the woman in question seems to make good living out these fabrications. Maybe they should be classified as Somali literature?

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    • As for this story, I cannot say for certain that it is true as I don’t know the author. I reblogged it because I believe she is being sincere. I know of this kind of thing happening in the US so it doesn’t surprise me that it happens in other countries. She’s not trying to say that people are bad and horrible, she’s just pointing out what happened. Please feel free to contact her with questions.

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      • She removed my question from the blog immediately. I tried it twice with varying degree of moderation.

        Fabricating new Somali Literature is OK, but why its sole content is bashing us poor Finns. I dont get it.

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