By Enrique Tessieri
Rebecka Holm, the fourteen-year-old who rallied enough courage to write a letter to HBL, asks in an interview on Monday on the Swedish-speaking daily an important question: “If Finland is now the most secure and stable country [in the world], why do people of [different] ethnic backgrounds get attacked every day?”
Holm said that she wrote the letter to the editor because her friends and herself were being harassed too often in public. When asked how often by HBL, she responds: ” I see it happen several times a week and it happens to me personally. I am subjected to [those types of] attacks maybe once a week.”
Like many others in Finland, even an adolescent understands that there is too little debated publicly in society about racism.
We have heard it too often from the you-know-whom politicians: Racism isn’t a problem in Finland. It’s a media fabrication.
As long as adolescents, children and adults get harassed openly in public in Finland because of their ethnic background, the further we will venture from those values that make us proud of those noble values that unite us as a society. In those values racism and prejudice have no place.
Even if they are a minority carrying out these attacks, it is the the apathy and silence of the majority that gives them a tap on the back and whispers: Go ahead.