Immigrants and minorities should never forget to stand up for each other, especially if anyone of us is being harassed in a racist manner. When I worked as bureau chief in Colombia, one of the most violent countries in the world at the time, I always felt that I’d never be abandoned by my employer and colleagues if put in harm’s way.
Migrant Tales’ blog “neighbor,” Zuzeeko, got a racist tweet this morning (see below) that should be condemned.
Why? Because intolerance is a serious social ill that isn’t only costly to society, but stunts its growth and ruins the lives of people by short-changing them of opportunities.
We take intolerance seriously on Migrant Tales and that is why we want to show our solidarity with Zuzeeko.
@Zuzeeko tweets that there are four-month waiting lists to enroll in a Finnish language course in Helsinki. @jaskapask responds: “Nothing keeps you from studying [Finnish] on your own you n-word rapist, go back to where you f-word came from!!!”
While there is a lot of unity in the immigrant and minority community of Finland, there are still those who think they can control the debate on our ever-growing cultural diversity. These individuals commonly act in an authoritarian manner, play down racism, and even chastise those who disagree with their point of view. There are Tuomo-setäs in Finland as well.
We have written on a number of blog entries in the past that show the intolerance of immigrants by immigrants is sometimes worse than those of native white Finns.
Sad but true.