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Sure enough, guess what happened when Dannevig confronted the AHW speakers with their factual errors? Exactly! He was called a racist. One of the “experts” who had been invited to Oslo to spread his Afrocentric hogwash told Dannevig that “it was because of people like me that Europeans commit mass murder wherever they go in the world.” What was frightening, wrote Dannevig, was that this thoroughly disgusting statement – an expression of pure racism – won applause from about half the people in the audience.
Dannevig proposed in his article that the funders of AHW re-evaluate their support for this charade – for, as he quite properly pointed out, twisted history of this sort can be truly dangerous. Afrocentrism removes from the shoulders of Africans any responsibility for their own lives. It represents them as nothing more or less than the passive victims of outsiders. Instead of inspiring them to make an effort to change their poor mess of a continent for the better, it encourages them to cultivate, exploit, and wallow in an image of themselves as eternally helpless, eternally exploited, eternally suffering – and eternally impotent to do anything about any of it.
Dannevig’s piece was a worthy response to an ignoble project. But he paid a price for writing it.
At the time it appeared, you see, he was employed as a consultant for the municipality of Oslo – specifically, for an agency dealing with diversity and integration. On June 7, he returned to the pages of Aftenposten to describe what happened as a result of his burst of public honesty. In a piece headlined “Silenced by the city government,” he noted wryly that, despite the declaration by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg after the massacres of July 22 last year that Norway would respond to its new circumstances with even more openness and democracy, the Norwegian state is in fact a “closed culture without real freedom of expression.” The city of Oslo “opposes and punishes employees who take part in public debate.” As a consequence of his piece on AHW, Dannevig was punished with “powerful sanctions.” His superiors considered demoting him. They removed many of his major responsibilities because they didn’t trust him anymore.
When Dannevig reminded his boss that he had freedom of speech, he was told that in Oslo’s city government, freedom of speech takes a back seat to loyalty to one’s employer. It wasn’t just Dannevig’s own boss who felt this way: when he asked another highly placed municipal official for his opinion, the latter “confirmed that he would have given me a very rough time of it if he were my boss.” Dannevig pointed out in his article that if everyone working for the Norwegian government is, indeed, under an official obligation not to speak out on issues, that means that “over 30 percent of Norway’s employed population lacks real freedom of speech.”
In conversations with Dannevig, his higher-ups made his situation crystal clear, explaining to him that if he should speak out again in the media, he’d lose his job. “I could be fired, then, for writing these words now,” noted Dannevig in his June 7 article. “Instead, I hereby resign my position in order to regain my full freedom of expression.”
Fortunately, Dannevig has found another job. I hope he prospers and is able to continue to speak out about the politically correct poppycock that passes in these parts for intercultural enlightenment. In the meantime, needless to say, Brother Buntu and the other fourflushers behind Afrikan History Week are doubtless moving from strength to strength, planning even more cavalcades of disinformation with which to bamboozle the guilt-ridden natives.
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