Exposing white Finnish privilege #51: The police are the defenders of white power and privilege

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Ask Finland’s Romany minority If you want to understand how the Finnish police service reinforces and defends white power and privilege. I did this recently, and the answers did not surprise me. 

According to a member of the Roma community, the Finnish police play down discrimination, especially if it involves a member of that minority group.

“They simply don’t care to investigate cases of discrimination against the Roma because some of them are so racist,” the person said, agreeing that institutional racism in the Finnish police service is a problem.

One of the problems with discrimination cases, hate speech and hate crime is that due process is slow and ineffective.

It is not only the Roma but migrants and other visible minorities that have to deal with a police service that takes its time big time with discrimination and racism cases.

Certainly, the question we must ask is why.

The answer: Because that is the way things are meant to be.

White Finnish privilege #51

Do I trust the police service in handling discrimination and racism cases?

Not in the least. And here is why:

There are too many sad examples as the above of how racism in the Finnish police is well entrenched because nobody is doing anything to change matters. Forget any likelihood of a Finnish version of the UK’s Macpherson report, which defines institutional racism in the following way:

“The collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional services to people because of their color, culture or ethnic origin which can be seen or detected in processes; attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantages minority ethnic people”

Finland should not drag its feet on this crucial issue, but we understand why it does: White power and privilege.

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