By Enrique Tessieri
Here is a story published Sunday on Savon Sanomat of Kuopio that shows members in the right-wing populist Perussuomalaiset (PS) party giving the thumbs down to racism. Jukka Kotimäki, PS organization secretary of Siilimäki near Kuopio, states that he does not want openly racist people to be a part of his party.
Even though we are speaking of a small community in Eastern Finland, it shows that there is already debate in the PS on this important issue. We should applaud a member of the PS, who states that racism has nothing to do with his party.
While this is a very good sign, the PS still has a lot of work and issues to resolve concerning its stand on discrimination and racism. One of the persons we’d be happy to hear and make a break with this type of anti-social behavior is PS head Timo Soini.
Migrant Tales wrote recently about how most parties in Finland are giving the thumbs down to racism.
In my opinion, the mere idea that Finland could turn into a Denmark or that some politicians believe that they could become a Finnish Geert Wilders or even a modern Arthur Seyss-Inquart exposes not only their delusional opportunism but their ignorance on immigration.
While there is still a lot of work to do on the anti-racism front in Finland, there is hope especially for our children and grandchildren so they may live in a country where racism and hatred of other groups are shameful and rare.
Shortly after this latest blog entry was published, @HelsinkiObs tweeted the following:Please also note that
@anon_finland have taken a very strong stance. #anti-racism.
Thank you for the heads up!