she walks and hums in the land of Denmark,
she’s a child of the kingdom of the blue sea
where beeches listen to the roaring waves.
The Danish song, when it’s ringing the deepest,
has the sound of the bell, the sword and the shield.
The strain of sagas wings toward us
that tell of Denmark in the days of yore.
Kai Hoffmann was the son of a prime lieutenant and sea captain. He graduated in law from the University of Copenhagen in 1899 and served as an attorney-general, then as an assistant in Copenhagen’s Criminal and Political Affairs, and in the Ministry of Finance’s audit department.
He published collections of poems all his life through. His first collection, Lilies in the Darkness (1899), was strongly influenced by Charles Baudelaire and Symbolism. In his second collection, The town and Havel [river in north-eastern Germany—A/N], he portrayed everyday life in Copenhagen. The next three were influenced by Nietzsche and his idea of heroism. The 1913 collection The Sea and the Rum (let me say I find this title fucking cool!) was characterized by religious pondering. He wrote and published even during the Great War and the post-war period. In two of those collections a nationalist tone, typical of the time, can be discerned. After The Green Country (1931), he took a long break from authorship that ended only during the German occupation of Denmark. Three collections, all featuring a national theme, marked the end of his literary production.
Nowadays, Hoffmann is especially remembered for writing the lyrics of the popular folk song Den danske sang (The Danish song), set to music by Denmark’s most prominent composer, Carl Nielsen. It’s a song about the beauty and soul of Denmark and the Danes. About the essence of being Danish. It’s a pillar of Danish culture.
Now, consider the man—a poet—his background and upbringing, his education, the harsh life experiences he lived through, the significance of his literary work for his fellow countrymen. Almost 70 years after he passed away, his song about a blond girl, the blue sea, beech trees, waves breaking on shores, and a proud past on battlefields, sparked controversy because a female, brown researcher of foreign origin at Copenhagen Business School was offended by its first line and felt ‘non-included’ when the song was performed at a school gathering.
Actually, since she’s an immigrant who moved to Denmark in recent years, she WAS ‘non-included’. So, what? Well, it’s the type of issue you cannot dismiss so easily anymore in a place like a prestigious university in Europe. Fact is, new principles state that if you subjectively feel violated, then you underwent an offense.
Deputy Head of the Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy, Mads Mordhorst apologized and praised the employee for the courage she showed in stepping forward to professors and others who were higher in the hierarchy.
“I understand her reaction, and that type of conflict is good. Otherwise, we have no opportunity to develop ourselves and to realize how home-blind we are. It’s a culture that has to be treated and negotiated at institute level,” he said. “Someone has, without thought, taken a song with a choice of words that one who is Dane with a different ethnic background feels shocked.”
Feeling shocked because of a song? Had this non-blond, non-ethnic Dane, researcher gone through two world wars like Kai Hoffmann did, she would have felt incommensurably grateful for much less than being employed at a University in one of the European states with the highest GDP per capita.
Most of Danes were outraged that a woman, who had been welcomed in their country, was allowed to stop one of their most iconic songs from being performed. The case upset people on both sides of the political spectrum and the song was sung in the Parliament as a protest against such PC lunacy.
Unfortunately, the asinine university’s stance has set a precedent. Once established that the song may be offensive, then it might easily look like a provocation to sing it in the future (in fact, Mads Mordhorst assured the song won’t be performed again at the institute). Danish people have sung that song all their lives. It’s a song that both men and dark-haired women sing along and no ethnic Dane has never complained about feeling non-included because it mentions a blond girl. Now, before to sing, they’re supposed to look around in search of non-blond, non-ethnic Danes who could feel left out by the lyrics. They’re supposed to assure the audience that they’re not making a statement about nationalism and point out that the lyrics are an expression of a time in which there was a homogeneous Denmark.
By the way, should they feel sorry for this? Apologize, maybe?
Well, bad crap like that is not unique for Denmark. All over Northern Europe, and to some extent even in France and Germany, national, religious and historical traditions are subjected to increased pressure by the fraud of the political correctness. Some countries indeed apologized. And kowtowed.
Sweden’s largest outdoor Christmas concert Oh, Holy Night, which each year used to air on national TV on Christmas Eve, was canceled in order not to offend migrants who don’t hold Christian beliefs.
Instead, on December 24, channel TV4 aired a parody ridiculing Christianity filled with profanities and sex jokes. The host announced, “We should remember why we celebrate Christmas.” In the despicable show, Joseph suspects Mary has been with someone else. She denies. After the birth to the child, three wise men appear with gifts, which they discuss under constant cursing. Joseph goes as far as to urge everyone to swear that they have not slept with her.
In Malmö, the daily newspaper Sydsvenskan called Christmas the “winter celebration”. You know, the city was preparing for Christmas amidst the need for more security than in the past… So, the children opened their winter presents lying under the winter tree.
The list of such “incidents” is long:
– at the candlelit procession on December 13, Lucia, who according to the ancient pagan Yule tradition is a long-haired, blond, beautiful girl, was replaced with a black boy;
– two schools canceled the same celebration to avoid discrimination and having somebody that feels “excluded” (but one of them celebrated Muhammad’s journey to heaven, and without even informing the parents);
– a woman in a hijab was on the Advent/Christmas calendar;
– the traditional student choirs’ appearance on TV at Walpurgis Eve (Swedish pagan spring celebration) was canceled;
– principals forbid students to wave the Swedish flag on graduation day;
– prayer for “diversity” at National Day celebration events.
At the same time, Muslim culture and traditions are intensely promoted: on Midsummer’s Day (Sweden’s most important holiday), TV4 decided to let a woman in a hijab teach the Swedes how to cook kebab properly; authorities allow Islamic call to prayer (while at the same time forbid Christian churches to ring their bells); Ramadan is celebrated with public events in several cities as well as on TV.
By the way, what about replacing “Ramadan” with “Starvation Celebration” in order not to trigger Christians? Why not airing on TV a ridiculing parody of Islam at that time?
The Netherlands is one of those countries the MSM portray as “very tolerant”. Is this tolerance reciprocated? And what’s the price of it?
The tradition of Saint Nicholas is extremely popular there. Just like Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas moves from chimney to chimney to give presents to children. In the last five years, the celebration has become problematic because Saint Nicholas is helped by some black assistants all conveniently named “Zwarte Piet” (Black Pete), who carry around big sacks. Left-wing extremists and black identity groups began protesting, and of course, received massive media attention. They labeled the portraying of these assistants, which includes big red lips and afro wigs, as racist, and threatened to use violence.
In 2017, the mayor of Dokkum deemed reasonable to allow a group of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters to demonstrate at the children’s feast. A woman named Jenny Douwes organized a protest to allow the children to have their safe feast. Thirty-four people united in a pro-Zwarte Piet group and blocked the highway access into the city and with it the bus of black identity groups.
Douwes, who was seen as the initiator, was sentenced to 240 hours (6 weeks) of community service for sedition and obstructing the right to protest. She also received a one month suspended sentence. The other participants in the blockade were sentenced from 120 to 200 hours of community service.
Compared with other court decisions Jenny’s sentence is extreme. Lesser or similar sentences were given for grave crimes. To the same amount of community service hours were sentenced a 32-year-old man who was preparing to join ISIS and two young who beat up a man with clubs leaving him lying motionless on the ground. A woman who didn’t adjust her car’s speed to the bad weather and eventually hit and killed a cyclist received 120 hours, and the same sentence was demanded a 68-year-old man guilty of sexual harassment toward an 11-year-old girl.
The process was deemed by many a “political process” to appease the far left and black identity groups. For many online commentators it wasn’t about the Black Petes. It wasn’t even about the freedom of expression. It was about making an example of Jenny Douwes and her group for the entire country. And this means they perceive not only politics but also justice to be miles away from the citizen. The group received a lot of support (also financial) for defending the Dutch tradition and Jenny Douwes was labeled Jenny D’Arc [after the French female hero Joan of Arc—N/A]. More and more people feel disdain and indignation for the systematic breakdown of a culture for which past generations worked hard. Assertions and views once common solely in South European countries have gained ground also in the prosperous north:
“Elderly people who have built up the country are let go, and ungrateful immigrants who contribute nothing, get unemployment benefits, and misbehave are cherished!”
“The Dutch rule of law? What a hoot!”
Jenny Douwes and her pro-Zwarte Piet group were sentenced because their protest impeded the right to protest of globalists, immigrationists, and Dutch-haters, which would have ended up disrupting a feast for the children. It seems St. Nicholas was a real concern for these “activists” and those who pull the strings they’re financially attached to.
The powers that be are all for eradicating popular traditions, national sentiment, Christianity. Does this fit the need for tolerance steadily endorsed by the MSM?
Meanwhile, non-ethnic Europeans are of a completely different opinion. And they’ve begun doing politics.
In 2017, right in the Netherlands, the DENK Party, which declared fight against anti-Muslim tendencies, joined the Dutch parliament with three deputies. It’s the first party established by migrants and the only one that opposed recognizing the Armenian genocide. It aims to erase Dutch traditions, practices, and values.
Tunahan Kuzu, one of the founders, said in an interview, “If they [the Dutch] don’t like a changing Netherlands in which people with different cultures live […], they should get lost!”
This culturally-enriching new Dutch citizen left the Turkish labor party (PvdA) because he didn’t agree with its integration policy and founded DENK Party [denk means to think in Dutch and equal in Turkish—N/A], whose political platform comprehends some eerie points the MSM fail to see: the equalization of Islamic schools with Dutch public schools, maintaining gender separation and the teaching of the Koran in Arabic; the set up of a police team to suppress any offensive stance toward Muslims and of a “Register of Racism” to monitor the speeches of public figures, set fines, and in case send them to re-education camps; the increase in refugee reception quota; more economic resources for refugees; obligations on companies to hire a fixed quota of immigrants; the accommodation of immigrants in the empty houses of the Dutch.
DENK Party makes no mention of Islamic terrorism. It simply doesn’t exist. They refer to a sort of “extremism” at most (never combined with the adjective “Islamic”). Of course, the causes of such extremism are discrimination, racism, Islamophobia, economic despair, social exclusion, and injustice. And Europeans are to be held accountable for all of this.