By Micaela Danielsson, Aviator staff writer
Two weeks ago, a 21-year old boy named Anton Lundin Pettersson walked into a school in a smaller town in my home country, Sweden, with his entire heart filled with hate.
Anton launched a racist attack choosing his victims based on their skin color, murdering two people and leaving two others seriously injured. He had left a suicide note where he wrote that “something has to be done about the immigration,” as the explanation of his motives.
When I read this, I stopped breathing for a few seconds, terrified and heartbroken over what had happened, and then all of a sudden I was calm. Not upset, not even surprised, because I realized that I already knew this would happen.
It was only a matter of time. All I ended up asking myself was, how can it be possible for something to go so wrong, for someone to be so wrong?
In the last couple of years, Sweden has had to take in lots of refugees – mainly because of the unrest in the Middle East – which in the eyes of many is a big issue. Current debates are going on and off about whether the immigrants should be allowed to come to our country or not, with a big group of people believing they are some sort of heavy load for our cultural future and economy.
It’s easy to think that countries in peace, during times of war, stick together as one strong unit. That we, with solidarity and love, help the people in need and do our best to open our doors for them.
But I’m speaking with a voice of experience when I say that instead we turn our backs, because it’s cheaper and sadly enough, how people work by nature. We look at what’s foreign as it is something abnormal, and then we like to take the easy way out by telling what is foreign that it’s not welcome.
That it is toxic for the present, more cultivated, society we live in.
It hit me how sorry I feel for the people who support Anton in his decision of walking into a school and killing people because they’re immigrants. It also hit me how happy I am to be one of those who knows that the problem is not — and never will be — the ones running away from a war, but the ones who refuse to help them.
Because when you’re facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, it really helps to have a sober debate about it.
It’s such an important issue to discuss, no matter the age, because immigration isn’t just an item on the agenda in Europe but all around the world.
To say that we can’t help civilians coming from war, poverty and crisis just because we’re scared of a “multicultural society” and for our “economy to collapse,” says more about you and the community you live in, rather than the group of people you’re racially excluding from it.