PS MP forced to explain why he refused to take a taxi driven by a non-white Finn

PS MP forced to explain why he refused to take a taxi driven by a non-white Finn

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports that two sources saw Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Mika Niikko refuse take a taxi in front of parliament because the driver was”dark-skinned.” Niikko later retracted his version of events to the reporter after the interview. He said that since the incident took place a year ago, he now remembers the driver to be […] more…
Finland President Niinistö’s “information-gathering exercise” about dual citizenship should worry us a lot

Finland President Niinistö’s “information-gathering exercise” about dual citizenship should worry us a lot

President Sauli Niinistö has asked Christian Democrat Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen, an anti-gay an anti-immigration politician, to look into the possibility of tightening Finland’s dual citizenship laws or ending the practice altogether, according to YLE in English.  Prime Minister Alexander Stubb was, however, quoted as saying on YLE in English that plans to end dual citizenship are not […] more…
Helsingin Sanomat: Non-white taxi drivers face suspicion and outright racism from customers

Helsingin Sanomat: Non-white taxi drivers face suspicion and outright racism from customers

There’s an interesting article on Helsingin Sanomat today about how non-white Finnish taxi drivers face suspicion and outright racism from potential customers. It’s refreshing to see the country’s biggest daily taking a more serious attitude towards discrimination. It’s a big improvement from the days when it published polls in 2010 about what Finns thought about […] more…
Defining white privilege #9: Mohammad Ali’s insight

Defining white privilege #9: Mohammad Ali’s insight

In many respects white privilege, or specifically white Finnish privilege, is a good way to understand some of the challenges that migrants and especially non-white Finns face in this country. The interview below of Mohammad Ali* says a lot about white privilege in the United States even if the interview took place 33 years ago.  What […] more…
Helsingin Sanomat poll shows the PS heading south

Helsingin Sanomat poll shows the PS heading south

A poll published today by Helsingin Sanomat reveals that the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party is at its lowest point (15.9%) in two years. The most popular party in Finland continues to be the National Coalition Party (22.1%) followed by the Center Party (19.9%). The Social Democrats, which are still struggling, are in the mid-teens (14.9%) with […] more…
Let the ballot boxes speak in 2015 and send the PS back to the minor political leagues

Let the ballot boxes speak in 2015 and send the PS back to the minor political leagues

I’m certain that when historians and political observers study the present parliamentary term 2011-15, they will come to a conclusion: Never since the 1950s have our Nordic institutions and values come under such a threat. Who will they name as the culprit? Wrong, not the Perussuomalaiset (PS),* but our indifference and lack of leadership.   How can […] more…
When racism goes viral in Finland

When racism goes viral in Finland

Sakari Timonen is one of the best anti-racism bloggers in Finland. He writes this time about a Marko Sihvonen, who made up a story on a Facebook post that a member of the Romany minority, one of the few that come here to ask for money on the streets, knifed a white Finnish girl and […] more…
Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen: Se kehuttu Kanadan maahanmuuttomalli

Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen: Se kehuttu Kanadan maahanmuuttomalli

Ana María Gutiérrez Sorainen*             Julkisessa keskustelussa moni sanoo, että lääke Suomen maahanmuuttopolitiikan ”parantamiselle” löytyy Atlantin takaa, Kanadasta. Harva on kuitenkin se, joka selittää, mitä se Kanadan maahanmuuttomalli sisältää. Se on ymmärrettävää, koska Kanadan maahanmuuttomalli tai systeemi on monitahoinen ja monimutkainen. Kanadassa on kolme maahanmuuttoperustetta: perheen yhdistäminen, taloudellinen maahanmuutto ja […] more…
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