By Enrique Tessieri
Many of the arguments used by the anti-immigration camp in this country is based on myths from nineteenth century Finnish history. When these groups declare war on multiculturalism what they are revealing is their denial of our cultural diversity as a nation.
When a person or group openly oppose multiculturalism in Finland they’ll never tell you how they plan to make Finland ethnically homogeneous.
Certainly Nazi Germany’s ethnic policies are one horrific reminder of what happened when racial homogeneity became an aim of state policy. Never in the history of humankind have we seen such systematic mass murder on such a grand scale as during Nazi Germany. Not even Stalin’s purges or Pol Pot regime’s killing fields come close.
But let’s ask the following question to those that deny Finland’s cultural diversity: How can we be “ethnically and culturally homogeneous” if our country was part of Sweden and under Russian rule for six hundred years? How about the over one million Finns that left this country as immigrants in the past 150 years?
Some of these so-called critics who are vehemently against immigration and cultural diversity make it sound as if Finns evolved separately from other groups. There was no genetic and cultural mixing with anyone, period.
These types of arguments, used by parties like Persussuomalaiset (PS) MPs like Jussi Halla-aho, are based on myths that are deeply rooted in nineteenth century Finnish national identity. Instead of celebrating and encouraging our diversity as Finns after 1917, we erased it in order to build a national identity.
While nationalism was one important cultural eraser that encouraged Finns, for example, to change their surnames after independence and hide and even be ashamed of their cultural diversity, it has become today one of the biggest obstacles in accepting immigrants and multicultural Finns.
Groups like Suomalaisuuden Liitto have through the PS declared open war against our Swedish-speaking minority.
New Finns is in many respects a deceptive label because we are not speaking of “new” Finns per se but in some cases quite old ones whom we have forgotten or erased from our collective memory. Jews and Russians are just a few to begin with.
Ever wonder why a Nazi-spirited association like Suomen Sisu or its members like Halla-aho don’t openly condemn the works of David Duke? It is because this former Klu Klux Klan member is an enemy of multiculturalism, or cultural diversity.
The video below on an interview with Duke exposes Suomen Sisu’s mindset in a Finnish context. In a recent television program Halla-aho refused to condemn the works of Duke and Alfred Rosenberg, a former Nazi pseudo-philosopher who defended ethnic homogeneity as a state virtue.
My message to anyone who messes with my multicultural Finnish background is simple, loud and clear: Leave it alone and learn to accept it. If you don’t, that is your problem.