BBC: Ed Miliband condemns David Starkey’s race comments

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Comment: The reason why racism has flourished recently in Finland through parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS) is because it hasn’t been condemned strongly enough.

Sensible politicians and common citizens in Finland who know better, should look at how racism is condemned in countries like Britain.

Why is this important? Because there is no such thing as selective racism in a society. Racism affects everyone and those who encourage undermine our values and our way of life. 

What kind of response should parties like Kokoomus, Social Democrats and the PS to racist comments?

Thank you @Mastersson for bringing this story to Migrant Tales’ attention.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has described historian David Starkey’s comments on race as “disgusting and outrageous”.  Mr Starkey told BBC Two’s Newsnight “whites have become black” after four days of rioting across England.

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  1. BlandaUpp

    David Starkey’s comments are totally outrageous coming from a historian in 2011. The UK has a long established culture of hooliganism, looting and rioting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_riots

    Just a few months ago they had huge riots against university fee increases.

    To try to blame a certain race or type of music for causing the current riots is laughable!

  2. JusticeDemon

    What would be the reaction to a Swedish historian referring to alcohol-fuelled knife crime as a part of Finnish culture that infected Sweden in the 1970s?

    No doubt some apologist would chime in by explaining that this “wasn’t talking about Finnish culture in general, but a ‘particular form’ of Finnish culture, i.e. ‘the violent, destructive, nihilistic, boozing culture’ associated with Finnish migrant workers and the music of Irwin Goodman.”

    Ulos mutakuono ja joka lakupelle
    Joita viidakossa on grillannut helle
    Tää maa on suomalaisten
    Ryynästen ja horttanaisten

    Täällä kunnon hiki, on miehen deodorantti
    Ja joka jätkä melkein kuin Isontalon Antti
    Ellei puhe auta
    Niin puukko jumalauta…

    • Enrique

      Hi JusticeDemon, this song by Irwin Goodman shows how much racism was ingrained in Finland back in the 1980s. Esa Pakarinen was another one who sung a racist song called Marcello Magaroni. The same song was sung by Irwin Goodman.

      Welcome back!

  3. Hannu

    Justicedemon you are finding it, that knife crime was and is indeed part of finnish culture. Problem in sweden was that they didnt accept that and didnt explain it to horrified swedes. Its kinda darwinism, drunkards kill eachother, normal people are safe and shouldnt worry and it saves money!

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