UPDATE (Jan. 8): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism

UPDATE (Jan. 8): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism

Migrant Tales’2015 Hall of Fame of poor journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link.  The story below was published 10 days ago. Apologies. But it is an important story that highlights why the media continues to paint Islam with a […] more…
Finland and the PS: The face of racism becomes uglier as it ages

Finland and the PS: The face of racism becomes uglier as it ages

The Perussuomalaiset (PS)* in general and specifically MPs like Juho Eerola, Olli Immonen and Teuvo Hakkarainen are, together with MEP Jussi Halla-aho, examples of the worst kind of extremism and racism we can find in Finland today in the halls of our parliament. They are permitted to spread their racist and bigoted views because they have […] more…
Fatbardhe Hetemaj:  Who will speak up for us if you don’t?

Fatbardhe Hetemaj: Who will speak up for us if you don’t?

Fatbardhe Hetemaj is a promising National Coalition Party Helsinki city councilwoman who moved to Finland at the age of seven. Since people like Hetemaj are becoming more common in Finland as we become a more culturally and ethnically diverse society, it is important that they speak out against discrimination and promote tolerance and respect for […] more…
Institute of Race Relations: Where monoculturalism leads

Institute of Race Relations: Where monoculturalism leads

Migrant Tales insight: This perception or problem, monoculturalism, is affecting Finland as well. It explains why an anti-immigration party like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* can raise the number of MPs in four years from 5 in 2007 to 39 in 2011. It explains why there is so little interest to tackle institutional racism and why so […] more…
PS youth league’s anti-Islam cartoon contest is all about Islamophobia in Finland

PS youth league’s anti-Islam cartoon contest is all about Islamophobia in Finland

The Youth League of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* launched a competition to defend free speech in light of last week’s Charlie Hebdo attack, according to YLE in English. It is surprising that an anti-immigrant and especially anti-Islam party like the PS are the only ones who are organizing such a contest and so eager to defend […] more…
The motive of a suspected migrant who killed two people in Oulu will always be shrouded in mystery

The motive of a suspected migrant who killed two people in Oulu will always be shrouded in mystery

The northern Finnish city of Oulu has seen its fair share of violence in recent years. Transexuals and city councillors are attacked, activists are pepper sprayed at gay pride events and a Muslim can be killed in cold blood in a pizzeria, while another one leaps to his death trying to escape attackers who forced their way […] more…
PS MP Packalén is still in the dark about integration and cultural identity

PS MP Packalén is still in the dark about integration and cultural identity

The media is part of the problem when it comes to racism in Finland because it gives such people and politicians inflated respectability and importance. A good example of the problem is a story on MTV3 where Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Tom Packalén asks Social Democrat MP Maria Guzenina if she would root in a football match […] more…
Racism Review: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie: A Critical View

Racism Review: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie: A Critical View

To be frank, the magazine Charlie Hebdo deserves criticism, not praise—despite the horrific events that have unfolded. While I am certainly not condoning the murder of its staff members, I do find them guilty of Islam-bashing and inconsiderately expressing religious intolerance, cultural ethnocentrism, and extremely poor human judgment, issues that should be important to antiracists […] more…
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