Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MEP Jussi Halla-aho, who hungers for public attention, tries to surprise us with the following suggestion: The police should be allowed to ethnically profile Middle Easterners, North African and Central Asian people irrespective if it is in infringement of these people’s fundamental rights and human rights.
It’s clearly evident from Halla-aho’s comment that his own racist and bigoted statements blind his sensible judgment.
Doesn’t a lot of ethnic profiling happen in Europe today?
Halla-aho makes these types of statements because he has to feed his own bigotry and craves headlines.
But the only headlines Halla-aho makes is soiling the name of Prime Minsiter Juha Sipilä’s government and that of Finland’s image.
A cartoon by Ville Ranta after the Paris attacks of November 2015 showing that Islamophobes were the first to capitalize on the death of victims.
Ethnic appearance has little to do with what people think. That is a racist idea from the days of eugenics, a pseudo-science that fell from grace after the horrors of World War 2 Nazi-run death camps were exposed to the world.
Because people like Halla-aho racialize society to fit their bigoted worldview, it’s clear that racism and fighting such a social ill with people like him and parties like the PS is an eternal process. Their aim is not to solve our ethnic problems but to fuel and aggravate them for political gain and at the cost of minorities.
Only some Finnish media pays attention and gives Halla-aho, who was sentenced for ethnic agitation, the attention he craves. That is why we at Migrant Tales would care less about the MEP’s far right and bigotted views.
What we’d like to bring to the attention of the public, however, is that Halla-aho is a member of the PS, a populist anti-immigration party that is a member of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government. An MEP of a government party favors outright discrimination of Muslims with legal ethnic profiling. Anything wrong with what he said?
The we-are-against-racism catchphrases expressed at the Stop this game! demonstration on September 24 by Prime Minister Sipilä and National Coalition Party (NCP) minister of finance, Petteri Orpo, are so fake that they burst at the seams.
How can the government, or specifically the Center Party and NCP, be seriously against racism and bigotry in Finland if it is a partner in government with a party that not only spreads racism and bigotry in Finland but is willing to support ethnic profiling?
A child can see the difference but the government is blind to its own bubble.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party 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. The direct translation of “Perussuomalaiset” is “basic” or “fundamental Finn.”