Comment: Here is a good Helsingin Sanomat editorial on the public statement made Thursday by the Perussuomalaiset (PS) against all forms of racism.
The inclusion of so-called positive discrimination, or lowering the bar for some minorities, in the PS statement was criticized by the editorial.
If the PS had their way, their recipe for social equality, even for minorities such as the Roma, would be to scale back positive discrimination. HS disagrees with this position.
Moreover, one could ask if eliminating positive discrimination would be an effective way of undermining or fueling greater racism in society?
In a culturally diverse society it is important that we have the right mix of ethnicities and sex in any job. The other side of the coin is that if minorities are not sufficiently represented in certain fields like the police force, it could lead to perceptions of institutional racism and sexism. The end result? Lack of credibility.
Leveling out the playing field for all people, even those that aren’t as fortunate enough to compete equally with other groups, is a noble way of promoting equality by leveling the playing field.
The other side of that policy could be that all forms of discrimination are wrong, even positive. This is the argument that the PS has chosen to take.
Perussuomalaisten eduskuntaryhmä ilmoitti keskiviikkoiltana julkilausumalla tuomitsevansa kaikenlaisen rasismin, syrjinnän ja väkivallan. Perussuomalaisilta oli vaadittu kannanottoa siksi, että yksi puolueen kansanedustajista on toistuvasti käyttänyt maahanmuuttajista ilmauksia, jotka luokitellaan rasistisiksi. Eduskuntaryhmä antoi samalla edustajalleen huomautuksen.