A Finn is anyone with Finnish citizenship, right? Citizenship can be obtained through birth (jus sanguinis) or naturalization. Even if this should be clear as day, certain public services like the police continue to group Finns according to their so-called “foreign” or “immigrant” backgrounds.
I don’t have any problems with my foreign background even if I am a Finn. However, labeling me in such a way in such an anti-Other environment puts matters in a different context.
Is the label person with foreign or immigrant background an inclusive word that promotes social equality with white Finns? If it doesn’t what is it’s role then? Is it to rank non-white Finns as second- or third-class Finns?
Finns learned white privilege at school from a very early age when learning the alphabet. Saamis were called “Lapps” and an example of the letter “n” was the n-word. Source: Suohpanterror
A good example of who is and who is not a Finn is the Helsinki Tapanila gang-rape case where the police stated that the suspects were teenagers “with foreign backgrounds.”
What is even more surprising is that when Migrant Tales contacted the police officer in charge of the rape investigation, he said that their Finnish nationality was not important since it had no bearing on the case.
Does the police speak in code when it labels publicly “people with foreign backgrounds” who are Finns?
According to Michael McEachrane, a researcher and anti-racism activist, said that in neighboring Sweden the public uses labels such as person “with immigrant background” as well. Such a term is code for people “with a non-European background,” or non-whites, according to McEachrane.
Does the same occur in Finland?
The Ingrians could shed light on the latter question. When the Ingrians were given Finnish citizenship all of them and their families had lived many generations in Russia.
Why are Ingrians more Finnish than those Finns with African backgrounds?
Is it because the former are white?
Identity is a personal matter. You are who you think you are. If the majority of society, in this case white Finns, exclude and classify you as second- or third-class members of society because you’re not white or Finnish enough in their opinion, then that is plainly called discrimination and racism.
It is shameful that in this day and age in Finland, a country that saw over 1.2 million of its inhabitants emigrate between 1860 and 1999, we’re having a discussion about who is a “real” Finn.
But as Finland becomes more culturally and ethnically diverse matters will become more complex on the identity front. That doesn’t matter but what is important to keep in mind is that every person irrespective of his or her background, is equal with the same rights, opportunities and obligations.
Minorities and non-whites will not be respected as equals by white Finns in this country as long as we expect them to do it for us. They will never treat us equally until we form a social movement and challenge white Finnish privilege.
Disagree? Why not ask the Romany minority that have lived in this country for about 500 years.
In the meantime don’t let anyone, no one, ever define who you are. That’s your right and never give it away.
- Defining white Finnish privilege #1: I have it and you don’t
- Defining white Finnish privilege #2: Third culture children versus “pupil with immigrant background”
- Defining white Finnish privilege #3 No history, no doctrine, no heroes and no martyrs
- Defining white Finnish privilege #4 Holding the short end of the stick
- Defining white Finnish privilege #5 It’s ok to be a racist
- Defining white Finnish privilege #6 Not having a voice and the media
- Defining white Finnish privilege #7 A definitive guide
- Defining white Finnish privilege #8 Underrated and less intelligent
- Defining white Finnish privilege #9 Mohammad Ali’s insight
- Defining white Finnish privilege #10 I can victimize and make up any story I like about migrants because I’m white
- Defining white Finnish privilege #11: Case Teuvo Hakkarainen
- Defining white Finnish privilege #12: Case Tom Packalén
- Defining white Finnish privilege #13: Case Matti Putkonen
- Defining white Finnish privilege #14: Losing sight of the real issue
- Defining white Finnish privilege #15: Case Halla-aho on the PS
- Defining white Finnish privilege #16: Rosa Emilia Clay and my history versus yours
- Defining white Finnish privilege #17:The Perussuomalaiset and our civil rights
- Defining white Finnish privilege #18: Labeling others according to your prejudice
- Defining white Finnish privilege #19: My rape statistics about your group
- Defining white Finnish privilege #20: Labeling Others to strengthen “us” and “them”