A Superior Child Welfare Services
I have previously described state sponsored child trafficking and the public abuse of children and families in Norway. There are several reasons why this is so extensive, and so steeped in the Norwegian state administration and government agencies. This is not a new thought. I would argue that this is a manifestation of attitudes that have been growing wild for 500 years.
Europe still controlled most of Africa as recently as 100 years ago. The masters were countries like England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium. Apart from the Belgian Congo, which was especially cruel, these colonies were not controversial among Europeans. The attitude was that Africans were primitive and needed the civilized white man to learn to be a real man. It was probably also an accepted attitude that we deserved the natural resources in African countries because we had power. But this was still just a repeat of what happened in South America.
The two American continents had an economy that was based on institutional slavery. When it comes to the United States, the Constitution said that everyone was free, but those who signed this document had slaves themselves. This ceased officially in the United States in 1865, except for the brief period from 1865 to 1896 (the Reconstruction South period), it was not until 1965 blacks began to gain ground with their demands for civil rights. The about 70 years of Jim Crow laws meant that it was legitimate to treat blacks as inferior. This meant for example, that blacks were sent to their own schools, and these schools were not a priority. They were also excluded from state universities and the labor market.
There were certainly many who did not agree with this, but there were few who protested. When we don’t protest such ideas have a tendency to return. Hitler found much inspiration from what happened in the United States. Then I’m thinking of slavery, Jim Crow laws, the treatment of indigenous people (Indians in the United States were not granted citizenship until 1924), eugenics (the idea that one can improve population genetic, but who decides which races and traits that will disappear?)
These are some examples from our recent past. The abuses we see in the Child Welfare Service today is a manifestation of the same mindset. I do not think Hitler could have done as much as he did without a sufficient number of Germans either agreeing or being too cowardly to fight him. If this is an attitude enough people have, this thinking will take root in a society.
It has done so in the Child Welfare System, but we have an opportunity to speak out. I have written in previous posts that the CWS has a tendency to attack the poor and those who do not fall under the definition of an A4 family (approximately “inside the box-family”). Minorities are particularly vulnerable because they usually fall outside any framework that Norwegians are expected to stay within. It is a superior approach.
How dare you think that you can do it just as well, or how dare you choose a different life! I think it describes some of the thinking.
I’m closing with a quote by Martin Niemöller. He is a controversial figure, because he also made some anti-Semitic statements, which he retracted later. He was still one of the first prominent Germans to publicly oppose Hitler, and he spent seven years in a concentration camp for it.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me because I did not speak out for others.
The poem is called indifference. That’s why it’s important to speak up when the Child Welfare commit atrocities and violate human rights. This actually happens in Norway. This applies to us. We can not be indifferent.