White Finnish nationalism and racism reveal themselves on Father’s Day

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Today people of all backgrounds celebrated Father’s Day in Finland. A Johannes Sipola, who is the chairperson for Lapland of the anti-immigration Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Youth, had another opinion and tweeted: “A happy Father’s day to all white fathers.”

It’s incredible to what lengths and ignorance some will dive in order get attention.

Sipola is a good example of the racism that inflicts Finland today.

  Here, Johannes Sipola wishes only white Finns a happy Father’s Day.
And continues: “The issue boils down to the survival of the Finns [in the face of ever-growing cultural ethnic diversity in Finland]. All types of misguiding ads about multiethnic families is only a way to cover up the takeover of white Finland.”
“Many ads, [TV] series and movies give the impression that marriages between different races is peaceful. For example, mixed-race marriage in the United States is a bit under 3.5%. At the most it has reached over 4%.”
Of course [multi-ethnic marriages] do harm. I don’t want that [white] Finns will be replaced by other [ethnic] groups. I love Finns above all and in my opinion, we have a right to live and exist.”

 

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way. .

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

 

 

The PS and Blue Reform of Finland are an aberration and should be voted out in 2019

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I have never believed or trusted the Perussuomalaiset (PS),* even if some were willing to give them the benefit of the doubt after their historic win in the 2011 parliamentary elections. Some claimed that it would only be a matter of time when they imploded.

The implosion of the party happened in June 2017, or six years later.

Finland holds parliamentary elections in April 2019. This may mean the near-end of two parties that have only sowed divisions and hatred of migrants and minorities. They may become a taxi or mini-taxi party (all of its MPs can fit in the back seat).

Migrant Tales has always been highly critical of the PS because it is an anomaly in Finnish politics.

Blue Reform, the faction that split from the PS in 2017, is just as bad, if not worse because they are in government.

The former party likes to let racism hang out while the latter coats it with sugar.

Both are disgraceful examples of Finland’s political system.

We have said tirelessly since 2011: The PS, and after 2017 Blue Reform, are chronically xenophobic and Islamophobic parties openly hostile to those who are different from them.


The briefing on the Finnish elections reads: Finland’s Fate — “We are not extremists so you can sleep safely,” says the head the country’s ascendant ‘True Finns’ party (yes, that’s their real name). Of course, not everybody agrees: “Far-right populism is an illness inflicting Europe at present and it now has a beachhead in Finland,” writes Enrique Tessieri. Read the original briefing here.

* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way. .

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

Challenging Finland’s racism problem:Raise your voice, trust yourself, and don’t succumb to fear and self-censorship

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When I moved to Finland over forty years ago, there were only about 10,000 foreigners living in the country. The biggest national group were the Swedes, who were mostly Finns who had become naturalized citizens of that country. One of the questions we asked back then was about the level of racism in Finland. 

The consensus back then was that the level of racism depended on the color of your skin.

Back in the good old structural racism days of the 1980s, laws such as the Restricting Act of 1939 (law 219/1939), which became redundant in 1992, prohibited foreigners from owning real estate and acquiring a majority stake in Finnish companies—limiting this to 20% normally and 40% under special permission. Other “darlings” of that period were that foreigners weren’t allowed to establish newspapers, never mind organize demonstrations and be politically active.

At the time in Finland, there was no habeas corpus, no right to appeal your deportation, and no laws against racism never mind hate crime. Even Soviet citizens were forcibly returned to the former Soviet Union after requesting asylum.

In a country were immigrants were a rare sight but which had seen over 1.2 million of its countrymen and women emigrate between 1860 and 1999, racism and especially discrimination were like the egg-like objects in Alien that, when touched, were ready to attach a monster on the victim’s face.

Finnish social policy experts like Heikki Waris lived in academic denial in the cold war years of the 1960s. He claimed: “Racial homogeneity particularly characterizes the Finnish people who have practically no racial minorities…Consequently, racial prejudice and discrimination are nonexistent.”

Take a look as well at the discrimination of the Saami never mind how the hostile exclusion of the Roma from our society.

Like in other countries, Finland suffers from denial. A person who is in denial responds to social ills, like racism and bigotry, with silence, which is a political statement.

Some people in Finland, even educators, believe there is no racism in this country.

But there is tons of evidence that proves the contrary. The media, which reflects who we are and our prejudices as a society, shines a light that should worry us.

Below are a poster and some stories published by the Finnish media below that expose just that.


 

This story was published in September. Why is the woman wearing the niqab in the picture, which was later removed by YLE. Read the original story here.

This was used at Finnish schools up the 1970s to teach them the alphabet. It reads: An n-word washes his face but it does not whiten.


If we remain silent than we have only ourselves to blame.

Raising your voice is a powerful statement. Don’t squander it with your fear and self-censorship.

Finland’s struggle against racism, bigotry and social exclusion is a long one but we must start today on that journey to replace those structures that relegate us to being second-class citizens of this society.

 

Laura Huhtasaari: The Perussuomalaiset MP with the sinister kindergarten-teacher smile

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With parliamentary elections in April, Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Vice President Laura Huhtasaari is busily fear-mongering us about how Finland is losing its identity and how Islam is on track of taking over Europe. 

Don’t be fooled by her clean looks that hide a white supremacist behind her sinister kindergarten-teacher smile.

An avid mouthpiece of Islamophobs in Finland,  she is also a blind follower of President Donald Trump and Hungary’s strongman, Viktor Orbán.

Huhtasaari has plagiarized her thesis and other people’s writings.

An excerpt of an opinion piece by her summarizes everything that she spews about migrants and minorities in this country.

She claims that the PS will keep Finland white nationalist so vote for that party in the April parliamentary elections.

Her concerns:

  1. We don’t want our population and culture substituted (for Islam/foreign ones);
  2. We don’t want Finland taken over by Islam;
  3. We don’t want people in our streets to be substituted for women and girls wearing veils.

While these campaign promises are grounded in fear and racism, it is unfortunate that too few politicians in this country want to change those very structures that make racism, discrimination and Huhtasaari-like politicians possible.

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity never mind Muslims and other visible minorities. One is more open about it while the other says it in a different way. .

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

Twitter (Dr. Faith Mkwesha): The n-word costs 60 euros

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Migrant Tales insight: How much do the Finnish court take seriously racist harassment and hate speech? From the case below, it appears that yelling the n-word to a woman by two young white Finns will get a light tap on the hand. 

Incredible to write about these stories about Finland in 2018.


Read the original tweet here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Stop debating with fascists and racists

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Migrant Tales insight: Aleksander Hemon states in his eloquent article about fascism that we should not waste any time debating but that “it is a set of actions to fight.” In the essay, he admits feeling guilty and ashamed of his cowardice and naivety that just talking to a fascist might bring him back. 

In Finland, too many wrongly believe that by debating with fascists (like those found in the Perussuomalaiset party* in parliament) and racists will bring people back to their senses. 


Read the full essay here.

They won’t, forget it. The only way is to fight back and defend our values tooth and nail. 

One teacher said that racists can make racist statements because “it’s how democracy works.” 

True, but democracy requires you to stand up and defend those values that fascists and racists want to destroy. 


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Only those safe from fascism [and racism] and its practices are likely to think that there might be a benefit in exchanging ideas with fascists [and racists].”

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity. One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic.

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

Sensationalist stories in Finland about migrants based on exaggeration and lies

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Ever wondered what happened to those rape stories in the Finnish media? Below, you will find one with a provocative headline that strikes fear (and attracts potential advertisers): “A shocking figure from the beginning of the year: Rape crime grew by over 400% in Turku compared previously.”

Terrible, no? Certainly. Even one rape case is utterly unacceptable and should be condemned.

But wait a minute. The “over 400%” claim is based on a figure of 4 cases in 2016 compared with 21 in the first quarter of the year.

What we do not know:

  • Are these 21 suspected or convicted rape cases?
  • Do these 21 cases involve migrants, asylum seekers or tourists visiting Finland?

Be wary of rape stories that only use percentage figures to claim how much such cases have risen. Anti-immigration groups use this tactic constantly to drive home their point that migrants are over-represented in certain crime statistics. Look at volumes instead.

I called the editor of this community paper called Turkulainen last year and asked him if the headline and claim were ethical.

“Don’t you understand that we need to attract advertisers!” he said justifying the headline.

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Roma anti-discrimination campaign by DIAK but offers nothing concrete

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Video clips published by a program managed by the Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK) a privately owned university whose main shareholders are church foundations and institutions, launched a video with Finnish celebrities who were seeking jobs with Roma surnames. 

The videos, in which Tuomas Enbuske and Jari Sarasvuo appear among two other women, tell us something that the Roma have known for hundreds of years: discrimination and social exclusion. Both persons in the video appear surprised, even disappointed when nobody called them back for a job interview.

While these types of campaigns are good, they fall short fall short in providing us with tools and steps on how o challenge and eradicate such a serious social ill.

Why didn’t Enbuske and Sarasvuo ask why our response as a society to discrimination is so weak? Why aren’t there enough resources and, most importantly, the will to tackle such social ills?

Moreover, I do not Enbuske and Sarasvuo as champions of anti-discrimination who understand the role of cultural diversity in our society.

Enbuske, who has hosted television talk shows, has invited some of the most questionable racists on his show like James Hirvisaari, a former MP convicted for ethnic agitation, and people like Lenita Airisto, who scolded a Somali woman on his show that “you have come to my country, Finland is my country, and has taken you in with open arms…”

In one of his TV talk shows, Enbuske had to take down the headline and was reprimanded in 2015 by the Council for Mass Media (JSN). The questionable headline, which labelled all Somalis as “rapists,” posted by a subcontractor that MTV3 uses to advertise their programs.

Tuomas Enbuske

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