Enrique Tessieri

White Finnish privilege #54: Disguising your racism, bigotry, and prejudices effectively

In Finland, there are many ways how white people and their institutions discriminate against people of color, migrants and minorities in general. Since all forms of discrimination are highly adaptive, they can also effectively disguise their racism, bigotry, and prejudices. 

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S. Ukkola’s colorblind racism, white fragility, expose a wider problem of Finnish society

Sanna Ukkola, a YLE journalist married to Matias Turkkila, the editor of the xenophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party publication Suomen Uutiset,  not only exposes in a column colorblind racism* and white fragility, but wider issues about Finnish society on racism, ethnicity, and identity. 

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Xenophobic and pro-Russia online publication MV-lehti founder Ilja Janitski slapped with 22-month prison sentence

Migrant Tales applauds the sentencing by the Helsinki District Court on Thursday of Ilja Janitski, the founder of the xenophobic website MV-lehti and Uber Uutiset, on 16 criminal charges. Janitski was handed a twenty-two-month prison sentence and with two others found guilty, was ordered to pay the biggest share of damages amounting to 136,000 euros. 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Growing up in a society where racism is the bedrock

You hear this a lot in countries like the United States, but how many Finns do you know in this country who admit that they “I grew up in a racist society?” 

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A woman of color in Finland was told that she was ethnically “unsuitable” for a job

In Finland, labor market discrimination is rampant. A woman of color from Rwanda, Alice Mutoni, thought she was about to get hired but things went sour when her probable employer discovered that she was black. He said, “this was a Finnish company selling Finnish things,” according to YLE News.

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Ali’s journey: Getting married in Turkey and the long wait. Will he get a visa to Finland?

On 10.10.2018, Ali,* 22, and his Finnish wife, 19, spent one of the most memorable days of their lives when they got married in Ankara. Present at the ceremony were two witnesses, the wife’s sister and a friend of Ali’s. Marriages in Turkey take place at the Turkish Marriage Offices.   “Everything went smoothly and rapidly,” said

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Laura Huhtasaari and Ville Tavio: How some sectors of the Finnish Lutheran Church promotes racist discourse

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* vice-president and MP, Laura Huhtasaari, is keen on building her political career on Islamophobia and polarizing our country in two distinct camps: “us” and “them.” 

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Anti-immigration stances and policies of the United Kingdom will lead to its breakup

What three countries are officially multicultural? They are Canada, Australia and the UK. In the case of Canada and the UK, these countries adopted multiculturalism as a social policy to avert the breakup of their countries.  

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