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Letter to Education minister

Jesse Jackson appalled by Lund "slave-auction"

Published onsdag 4 maj 2011 kl 20.37
Jesse Jackson wrote a letter to Education Minister Jan Björklund. Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/Scanpix

The American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has written an angry letter to the Swedish Minister of Education Jan Björklund, in reaction to the mock "slave auction" that was enacted by students in Lund.

The "auction", where some student had been painted black and wore chains, were sold as "slaves", took place during an official student party in April.

Jesse Jackson urges Björklund to take action so that the Swedes become more aware of Sweden's role in the slave trade. Swedish skips did take part in the so called triangular trade route where slaves from West Africa were taken to north America. There were also Swedes involved in the trade itself in Africa as well as in the Caribbean.

Jan Björklund says in a press statement that the incident has been reported to the police, and that he is confident the management at the University has raised the issue. He says the incident was "lacking in judgement" and adds that "slavery is a dark chapter in the history of mankind that we never should forget."

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