29 Jan 2018

How many "individual cases of racism" does a party need to be racist?

It has been forty days since the Austrian government was taken over by a center-right party (ÖVP) and a populist party (FPÖ). Since then, Austrian domestic policy has been characterized by one "individual case" of racism after the other.

Christine Tragler
Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
How many "individual cases of racism" does a party need to be racist? - NewsMavens
Herbert Kickl. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

To be more precise, these "individual cases" were anti-Semitic statements, hate speech against refugees, or complaints about Muslims on social media. But we have now been given enough time to assess the current coalition in this regard: are these really individual cases, or a consistent pattern of racism?

Der Standard provides us with an overview of every "case" in the last forty days. 

The author, Eric Frey, adds that:

"The FPÖ remains a populist protest force, who, after many undeserved electoral successes, [...] does not really know what to do with its power."

race, scandal, politics

Just a few "individual cases" since the election:

  • FPÖ candidate Udo Landbauer is found to have a Nazi songbook
  • FPÖ Interior Minister Kickl wants to keep refugees "concentrated" in one place
  • The FPÖ council sends Christmas greetings with Nazi propaganda
  • An FPÖ politician kicked out of the party for doing a Nazi salute will receive a mandate in the Bundesrat

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