Dangerous waters - Crime and Racism
Crime and racism are those matters which never can be taken easily. Hungary has issues with both of them.
The situation is critical
Living for more than a year in a multicultural country like England have shown me a difference in thinking compared to my own country. I've worked with people from a good dozen of countries and it was a mind opening experience. But this is not England now.
Hungary has never been the only nation having issues with racism in the modern centuries if you go back a little bit in history. We were overrun by several times, and each time not just the country but the people, the political system and the ruling ideology as well. But the greatest damage was done by the germans and the nazi ideology during World War II. Racism has never been so strong until then, and I'm sad to admit that it has taken hold.
Racism is a global issue and has many forms. It's not just about white people hating black people anymore to address the original terminology. As for Hungary, the nationalist party Jobbik builds its campaign on racism in some way, pointing the jewish and gipsy people guilty, criminal or both. I'm not saying they're right since racism cannot and will not be the answer for indifferencies in religion, race or culture. While racism is a constant phenomenon in Hungary and in a good couple of countries, there are some facts we cannot pass by.
We all know that every statistical statement can be forged to show a better result, so let's just talk about everyday experience. I'm not saying that every gipsy is a thief, I have friends amongst them. What I do say though, that I keep a gun on my night shelf, since an elderly lady were killed in her own bed with an axe, only three blocks from my house. Not according to any statistics, it's interesting to me when I see people on an open air Sunday mass speaking about God, then I see the very same man on the railway station going to his trial on county court for burglary.
It's very easy to be sarcastic about religion and even more easier to mistake racism with the unrest generated by social and economical instability. But we cannot afford to let this slide. We saw throughout history how easily can one people be turn against another, and not just this country but the whole world needs a new set of course. Sadly, people in Hungary seeking protection since the police and the laws cannot protect them and by that the party of Jobbik gains popularity by offering such solution for this issue.
We shouldn't take this matter lightly anymore, since only two years left until the next elections and Hungary must choose whether to collapse or to build a stable economical and social system.