A proposal by the Perussuomalaiset (PS) to rewrite the City of Espoo’s multicultural programme because it stated that city residents “don’t tolerate racism” were voted down 64-10, reports Länsiväylä.
Two PS councilmen, Simon Elo (left) and Teemu Lahtinen, loathe Muslims and cultural diversity. Read full story (in Finnish) here.
If one reads closely the position of the PS, an anti-EU, anti-immigration and especially anti-Islam party, it reveals more ignorance about racism than anything else. In their narrow-minded world, everyone in Finland is equal. Sex and ethnicity aren’t factors that fuel discrimination.
PS Espoo city councilman, Teemu Lahtinen, criticized the multicultural program because it doesn’t take into account how some neighborhoods are becoming marginalized because of migrants. He was especially against affirmative action measures and the special treatment migrants get for cultural programs with tax payer’s money.
There’s one good matter happening in Finland albeit slowly: More Finns are becoming aware that intolerance is an issue we should address and not deny.
If we weigh Lahtinen’s and the PS’ message, what come in loud and clear is their opposition to cultural diversity. They are fighting tooth and nail to keep Finland white.
They never tell you this in plain Finnish but that it what they mean.