I was surprised to listen on Thursday morning to Anssi Honkanen’s and Renne Korppila’s Aamupoika radio program on NRJ about Bulgarian and Romanian Romanis that come to Finland to beg. If you want to find the sources of Finnish racism and loathing for the Romany minority, tune into their morning program.
The program said, and this is not a joke, that due to the high number of Bulgarian and Romanian Roma who are coming to beg on our streets this summer, there’s a direct link with higher crime rates. Moreover, they claimed that these people are directly involved with organized crime and why don’t we forbid these EU citizens from coming here.
If I could, I’d ask Korppila or Honkanen to show me the statistics that reveal how crime rates have risen in Finland because there are more Romanis in this country from Bulgaria and Romania. I haven’t seen one credible source either that has shown me a link between these people and organized crime.
The fact that such claims are made by a radio station with little or no public reaction show the deep roots of hatred and racism that some have of the Romany minority.
Not only does a large radio station like NRJ spreads prejudice and hatred against an ethnic group, but it is done in the same way by the national media. The solutions offered by city officials and politicians to the whole issue only reveal their suspicion and total incompetence in finding any credible solutions for these Romanis.
It’s shameful behavior for a country that should know better and offer instead leadership on how to improve the plight of Romanis in Europe.
Fortunately some are outraged at what is being written by the media and broadcast by radio stations. More of us should, however, stand up against such prejudice.