By Enrique Tessieri
I was pretty surprised Thursday that a blogger from a forum called Ylilauta had hijacked my Facebook picture and started defaming me and our blog, Migrant Tales. I got in touch with the administrator of the site, who took the offensive content off the site the following day. Fortunately I took a snapshot of what was written.
One of the matters that surprised me when my picture was hijacked from Facebook and when offensive comments were made about my person and Migrant Tales, there was no apology from Ylilauta.
What happened is a case in point on how racism spreads, planted and buds on the Internet.
Writes Jonne: “Migrant Tales is a blog by an immigrant douche living in Finland. It concentrates on bashing the True Finns party and blaming most Finns to be racist and xenophobic. My eyes are bleeding.”
What our mission statement says: Migrant Tales is a blog that debates some of the salient issues facing the immigrant and minority community in Finland.
The most offensive part of the thread was the following: “I just can’t read that shit. “Some immigrant mudface preaching on how Finland must be multicultural and immigrants are enrichment. Just fuck off.”
Wow! A mudface?! I haven’t heard that term for decades. It was commonly used in the 1980s, which suggests that the writer may be in his 40s or 50s.
Jonne uses terms like “enrichment” and “cultural Marxist,” which reveal that he hangs around far-right websites like the Gates of Vienna. Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass killer, used “cultural Marxists” on his deranged manifesto.
If there is defamation and racism on the Internet, it is our responsibility to expose it especially if we are the target.
The damage has already occurred but possibly we can discourage it from happening again.