Migrant Tales insight:
Christian Thibault is an active anti-racism activist that I’ve had the pleasure to know for some time. In a recent Facebook post below he brings up some good points about how even former and present presidents, like Martti Ahtisaari and Sauli Niinistö, lean towards the promotion of a more exclusive rather than inclusive society.
No matter how much you try to ignore racism the more you become part of the problem.
I personally support the Nordic model but I understand perfectly well that it has issues with racism. Take a look at Denmark, Norway and Finland as examples. All three of these countries have populist anti-immigration parties poisoning the air with their Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric.
Let’s not forget Anders Breivik and Olli Immonen’s recent declaration of war against cultural diversity.
Let’s not fool ourselves as well like in Sweden, where some believe that we live in such a perfect society that racism and discrimination no longer exist.
Writes Christian Thibault:
“The Nordic model of a consensus democracy has a long tradition and is well respectable.
Anyway, lately, there appears to be at least two problems:
1. It only seems to be valid for what are received as ethnic Finns, possibly including Swedish speaking Finns and just maybe the traditional minorities, Tatar-muslims, old Jewish population, finnish Roma and Sami people.