By Enrique Tessieri
It’s pretty clear that silence is an ineffective way to address a serious social ill like racism. We can do a lot more. Filming victims of racist abuse, like those published on Mail Online, is a good way to drive home the message that we won’t tolerate this type of behavior from anyone.
Migrant Tales would like to publish such video clips on our blog. The first and foremost matter to take into account is, however, your safety when filming. We don’t want to put you in harm’s way.
Here is some good advice that was given to me when I went to work in Bogotá as Colombia bureau chief for BridgeNews: “No story is worth your life.”
Racism is a problem in Finland as it is in other European countries. Fortunately, there are many of us who are outraged by this type of anti-social behavior.
Don’t forget that there is far much more to the affirmation, racism isn’t an issue in our country, than meets the eye. When a person makes such a statement to you, he or she is saying you don’t effectively exist. If you don’t exist you have nothing to complain about.
It is a good way to make a social issue go away.
We, however, are not going to allow racism and bigotry get off the hook so easily. Send your video clips or get in touch with us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.