Defining white Finnish privilege #4: Holding the short end of the stick

by , under Enrique Tessieri

In many respects white privilege, or specifically white Finnish privilege, is a good way to understand some of the challenges that migrants and especially non-white Finns face in this country. Migrant Tales invites readers to share their thoughts on the social ill.

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Definition #4

No matter how many dissertations you write or the skills you have acquired, they’ll never be enough to put you on the same level as a white Finn. You may become like them if you assimilate, learn their ways and to read the code they use. Since it’s impossible to become white if you aren’t, your best bet is to be the exception.

White Finnish privilege is the reason why migrants and minorities usually end up holding the short end of the career stick. Everything takes a longer time to accomplish than normally: education, career, job advancement, even happiness.

White Finnish privilege works in sinister ways because robs you of the most precious resource you have: time.

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