Defining white Finnish privilege #12: Case Tom Packalén

Defining white Finnish privilege #12: Case Tom Packalén

Just like his colleague Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, MP Tom Packalén is another good example of white Finnish privilege. His example is in the same questionable league as National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma, who falsely accused migrant mothers of buying new baby carriages with social aid while Finnish mothers buy used ones.  If you are […] more…
The ‘positive’ side of racism and sexism on social media

The ‘positive’ side of racism and sexism on social media

What do social media sites say about how we socialize and interact with others? What does it say about racism and sexism, which have mushroomed  on social media sites? Associate professor of digital journalism and social media at the University of British Columbia, Alfred Hermida, said that the problem of social media is the ‘undetermined’ nature and immediacy […] more…
How to tell a Finnish politician that he or she sounds racist

How to tell a Finnish politician that he or she sounds racist

The atmosphere for migrants and minorities in Finland is going to get worse as parliamentary elections near in April 2015. Two recent cases, Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Tom Packalén and National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma, reinforce that matters are going to get worse before they improve. A good way to uncover these opportunistic politicians’ motives […] more…
Reija Härkönen: Perussuomalainen kansanedustaja kiihottaa kansanryhmää vastaan

Reija Härkönen: Perussuomalainen kansanedustaja kiihottaa kansanryhmää vastaan

Reija Härkönen Perussuomalainen kansanedustaja, poliisi Tom Packalen, on populistisesti yhtynyt huutokuoroon, joka saa sytykettä mistä tahansa maahanmuuttajiin liittyvästä ikävästä uutisesta. Helsingin nuorten jengitappelusta nautiskellaan tälläkin blogialustalla jo varmasti kymmenessä kirjoituksessa yhden päivän aikana. Packalenin purkaus on kuitenkin vertaansa vailla – onhan hän työssä maamme korkeimmassa lakia säätävässä elimessä. Kansanedustaja aloittaa kirjoituksensa kertomalla, että maahanmuuttajat ovat […] more…
The PS has found its political role model in the Sweden Democrats

The PS has found its political role model in the Sweden Democrats

Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Tom Packalén is an example of how the good election result of the Sweden Democrats has invigorated him and the PS to start scapegoating migrants in Finland. Taking into account the poor result of the PS in the last presidential, municipal and EU elections, it’s clear that some PS MPs will do anything to get attention and hopefully votes. […] more…
Time warp Fazer of Finland: Stereotyping Mediterranean “gigolos” to sell salt licorice

Time warp Fazer of Finland: Stereotyping Mediterranean “gigolos” to sell salt licorice

I was surprised to see Fazer, a Finnish foodservice company, advertising salt licorice on television with the help of a 1980s stereotype of a Southern European gigolo  who speaks Finnish with a me-Tarzan-you-Jane accent.  Migrant Tales sent an email to Fazer Monday morning about the ad but never got a reply. I did, however, get in touch […] more…
A present for National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma

A present for National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma

Remember National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma? Yes, the MP from Espoo, who pointed an accusing finger at migrant mothers claiming that they bought with social aid new baby carriages while Finnish mothers bought used ones. Kauma never backed her statements but at the end her claims were proven false and based on hearsay.  Migrant Tales’ […] more…
Sorry folks, but the Garden of Eden never existed in Finland

Sorry folks, but the Garden of Eden never existed in Finland

I was recently interviewed by two students of the Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (MAMK), who asked me why I’m so passionate about anti-racism. “Finland is a good country to live in with good laws that should protect everyone,” I said. “I don’t want our country to be fed to the dogs by racists, nationalists […] more…
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