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Posted by eleanor

We won't be perfect, but we'll be better than Estonia

The Danish ambassador to Estonia is fleeing his posting over what he calls overwhelming racism and homophobia. "Mr [Hans] Glaubitz said he and his partner, a black Cuban man, were regularly insulted when they went out."

Just so: "It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads as a 'nigger' and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO."

This is on the streets, not at goverment functions. "An Estonian foreign ministry spokesman said the men had been well received at an official level, but expressed 'regret' over any public abuse."

And this analysis from Estonian poli-sci prof Rainer Kattel: Estonia has "not really gone through the enlightenment revolution. Estonia does have latent racism, but it is not violent like in other countries. If you are openly gay and of a different race people will make mean comments to you," he said.

And where are Glaubitz and his spouse going next? Why, Mr G. is to become the Dutch consul-general in Montreal. Aw! It's gotta be a reward for putting up with all the other crap. We can feel a bit smug about that. But not too smug.

(Thanks to Eric for the forward!)