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One of the groups of people who are constantly subjected to racism in this country are Black. It is difficult to explain the real reasons for that. The first black people who visited Sweden were American jazz musicians and dancers already in the early twenties of the twentieth century. At that time they caused quiet a stir as if aliens had landed on Earth. The Swedes rushed to the concert halls wanting to see these strange humans whose skin was dark and which was completely opposite to their Nordic race. The papers wrote articles about dark skinned creatures who played their instruments so well and danced as if they came from another planet. They moved their muscular and supple bodies in the way that it was never seen before in this country. These artists stayed in Sweden for a week or two and disappeared leaving Swedes to their own problems and every day struggle for survival.
It would take almost half a century until the first black skinned refugees came to Sweden. It was American soldiers who did not want to take part in the war in Vietnam and fled to Europe in the hope to get protection and start a new life. A part of them ended up in Sweden. For every Swede the USA has always had a special place in their minds. In the 19th century about one million Swede had emigrated to the USA because they were starving to death in the cold winter. The USA was the Promised land and now when their own citizens came to Sweden seeking shelter they were all welcome no matter the colour of their skin. As Americans they were popular especially among Swedish women who suddenly got a chance to have sexual relationships with the citizens of the great power. Probably they were less popular among Swedish men who watched them with envy while their women took every opportunity to exchange mental as well as physical energies with these strangers. However, the number of these soldiers were small and very soon they melted into society without any difficulties. The majority of them got a job and married, while the others could not stand the coldness of Swedish winters and moved instead to much warmer countries.
In the early seventies Swedes discovered Gambia; a small country in the West Africa which had been an English colony in the past. It was a perfect place for Swedish tourists because everyone speak English there. The first charter flights carried also Swedish women who suddenly discovered the richness of that little place: tall, muscular and well hung African men. Within weeks rumours spread like fire and thousands of Swedish women hurried to book their travels to that hot destination where hundreds of poor African men eagerly waited for horny blond women to fulfil their all wishes.
Women who came with their men usually carried with them sleeping pills and slipped them into the drinks of their husbands before going out on a spree.
It was not only younger women but it had happened that grandchildren took their grandmothers to show them the secrets of the African vegetation. As long as this was happening far away from Sweden there was no problem, but when the first women decided to marry these tall African men and move with them to Sweden, people around them were not so happy.
Suddenly, a family found itself confronted with the possibility to have a black child among them and some of them was not so happy to have a black son-in-law. Within years hundreds of Gambians moved to Sweden.
It was an "attack" which caused panic among Swedish men! If they could have accepted a well hung American they would never have accepted a well hung African who by the way, was not in need of protection but was "imported" by the Swedish woman who was in love with him. It was not easy time for Swedish woman in love with black African men. They got the name "African whores" and when they walked with their husbands they received many hatred looks. These African men had not only muscular bodies but they could also dance, play music instruments and tell jokes. However, they were popular only among women while Swedish men were preparing their counter-attack.
When the first Gambian caused the trouble the Swedish police was within seconds in the place to arrest him, using more force than it was needed.
Swedish people told me that if they wanted the police to come soon they just needed to call them and tell that it was a black man hitting around and the police would always arrive very fast. Tell them it was a Swede and it was not sure if they would ever come.
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Hello! I am neither a teacher nor a native speaker. Here are my two cents.One of the groups of people who are constantly subjected to racism in this country are Black. It is difficult to explain the real reasons for that. The first black people who visited Sweden were American jazz musicians and dancers already in the early twenties of the twentieth century. At that time they caused quiet a stir as if aliens had landed on Earth.
1. are constantly subjected to-> are constantly subject to
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2. Black -> the blacksubject (HAVING) Show phonetics
be subject to sth to have or experience a particular thing, especially something unpleasant:
Cars are subject to a high domestic tax.
In recent years, she has been subject to attacks of depression.
3. in the early twenties of the twentieth century.--> in the early 1920s