Comment: Professor Erkki Havansi, who is a card-carrying Perussuomalaiset (PS) party member, has been advising Timo Soini’s party on what is hate speech and what terms should not be used when speaking of immigrants and minorities.
Laws on hate speech were tightened in Finland in June. According to Havansi, some no-no words that should not be used include the n-word (neekeri), camel driver (ählämi), Ruskie (ryssä) or Rutabaga (hurri). For some strange reason, Havansi does not consider the word mamu, the shortened term for immigrant, as offensive.
He thinks that it is ok to call immigrants mamus because he hasn’t even bothered to ask any immigrant association a second opinion.
There was an extensive debate on Migrant Tales in January on the usage of the term mamu.
After MPs in the PS learn what is the appropriate term to use when addressing an ethnic group, racism will disappear from Finland right? Wrong.
This lesson in basic communication skills with ethnic groups to the PS shows at what level the whole debate on immigration is in Finland and why some members of Soini’s party don’t have a clue what racism is.
Professori Erkki Havansi on ohjeistanut puoluetovereitaan vihapuhelainsäädännön suhteen. Nettiin laitettua muistiota voidaan pitää selvänä ohjeena varsinkin Jussi Halla-aholle, joka viime viikolla erotettiin kahdeksi viikoksi ryhmän toiminnasta.