Jul 22, 2009

OSI Report: Pride and Prejudice in Bulgaria

Seeing that Bulgaria is veering wildly off script, the Open Society Institute has released the results of a poll measuring anti-minority views in Bulgaria. The findings:

"Bulgarian society displays significant prejudice against African, Arab, Vietnamese and Chinese minorities, sees Roma as thieving and dirty but views ethnic Turks as hard-working and entrepreneurial...The Armenian community was seen as 'ingenious'"
While these findings down-play negative views of ethnic Turks (I'd like to see the geographic distribution of the sample) it'd be wrong to write-off the entire country as quiet racists. Moreover, a similar poll by the American Anti-Defamation League reported that 54 percent of Poles felt it was “probably true” that “Jews have too much power in international financial markets.”

Oh, and before we forget, such views are not exclusive to Central Europe. The Dutch just gave Geert Wilders' wildly xenophobic party a second-place finish in the European Parliamentary Elections.

This is probably a good time to rethink the level of pot consumption in The Netherlands. Isn't paranoia a symptom of over-use?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yet astoundingly Azis is a national icon. WTF?!