Migrant Tales insight:
Christian Thibault is an active anti-racism activist that I’ve had the pleasure to know for some time. In a recent Facebook post below he brings up some good points about how even former and present presidents, like Martti Ahtisaari and Sauli Niinistö, lean towards the promotion of a more exclusive rather than inclusive society.
No matter how much you try to ignore racism the more you become part of the problem.
I personally support the Nordic model but I understand perfectly well that it has issues with racism. Take a look at Denmark, Norway and Finland as examples. All three of these countries have populist anti-immigration parties poisoning the air with their Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric.
Let’s not forget Anders Breivik and Olli Immonen’s recent declaration of war against cultural diversity.
Let’s not fool ourselves as well like in Sweden, where some believe that we live in such a perfect society that racism and discrimination no longer exist.
Writes Christian Thibault:
“The Nordic model of a consensus democracy has a long tradition and is well respectable.
Anyway, lately, there appears to be at least two problems:
1. It only seems to be valid for what are received as ethnic Finns, possibly including Swedish speaking Finns and just maybe the traditional minorities, Tatar-muslims, old Jewish population, finnish Roma and Sami people.
It does not include the about 350.000 people of different ethnicities who have come here and have been born here during the past 35 years, even if one of their parents is a native Finn. Neither does it include the about 350.000 people who are going to come here or who will be born here in the next 10 years.
We are thus creating an unequal non-nordic style of society.
2. For the Perussuomalaiset, if we understand the recent outbursts by their parliamentarians, the principle of a consensus democracy does not exist. Not even for ethnic Finns in case they have different opinions as them.
This might come as a shock to all who have loved the Nordic model of a consensus democracy, but there can be no dialog.
The rise of racism and fascism up into the government ranks is about to bring the end of the Nordic model.
The elected people who are in responsibility for this country better make their choices now.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.