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Old 01-21-2000, 02:54 AM
Skeptic23 Skeptic23 is offline
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Someone I work with has just told me that when they were in the navy, some 30 years ago, they traveled to Iceland. When there, they were told that no "black people" would be allowed into their country. I find this very hard to believe, but could someone either tell me that I'm the most gullable guy or that this IS the case?
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Old 01-21-2000, 02:57 AM
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I've heard something similar about Australia.
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Old 01-21-2000, 04:31 AM
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Doug, you're probably thinking of the White Australia Policy. It's no longer in effect, of course, although there are certain people who'd like to see its return.
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Old 01-21-2000, 08:38 AM
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I was in Iceland in Nov and Dec 96, and I have to tell you that blacks were there. In fact, if you were white, your chances on hooking up with an Icelanic babe were very slim. But, if you were black or hispanic, or, had a really nice tan, you were high on the wanted list. I look just like they do, so I was nothing new to them

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Old 01-21-2000, 10:28 AM
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(note to self)

Remember to take large stock of Kiwi on trip to Iceland.
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Old 01-21-2000, 04:10 PM
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Where's bj0rn?

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Old 01-21-2000, 05:02 PM
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Jab,
You seem to be implying that bj0rn would give some sort of concise, logical and comprehensible answer to the OP's question. My head still hurts from that whole year Zero nonsense.

That doesn't mean that I haven't learned anything from him. If all Icelanders are like bj0rn, then all Icelanders hate Americans. Since most Black visitors to Iceland are American military personel, then...oops, here comes that headache again.

Anyway, don't hold your breath waiting for his reply. I've noticed that bj0rn only visits GD and the Pit. (Does that make it 1 or 3 forums that he posts in?)



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Old 01-21-2000, 05:28 PM
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Don't you mean bj(zero)rn?
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Old 01-21-2000, 05:52 PM
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How long was the policy in effect, anyway?
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Old 01-21-2000, 07:38 PM
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I wonder how they tested people to see if they were black? Blacks couldn't own property in Pebble Beach for along time, a convenent said so. Dunno if they still have it, wouldn't surprise me.
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Old 01-21-2000, 08:16 PM
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Here's a link to a thesis on institutional anti-semitic policy in Iceland.
http://notendur.centrum.is/~snorrigb...m#Introduction

As resently as the 1950s, immigation policy in Iceland was almost entirely based on race. (Danes, Norwegians and Germans were okay, Jews, blacks and even Finns were not welcome.)

Here's something I found in this paper that might help clarify what the OP's navy friend was talking about:

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The basic policy of the Icelandic government was to secure that Jews and blacks could not settle to any extent in Iceland. This form of racism even prevented American soldiers of Afro-American origin from protecting Iceland under the American-Icelandic Defence Pacts from 1941 and 1949.
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