Muutos 2011 election campaign exposes the contempt and hatred some Finns have for migrants and minorities

Muutos 2011 election campaign exposes the contempt and hatred some Finns have for migrants and minorities

Muutos 2011, which has one MP in parliament, is a good example of a xenophobic party in Finland. They are a good example of the racism, contempt and hatred that some Finns have for migrants and minorities. Behind all the Muutos 2011 rhetoric you will find a hostile message: keep Finland white.  James Hirvisaari, who […] more…
Defining white privilege #10: I can victimize and make up any story I like about migrants because I’m white

Defining white privilege #10: I can victimize and make up any story I like about migrants because I’m white

National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma has made headlines recently by exploiting people’s suspicion of migrants in general and migrant women in particular for buying new baby carriages with welfare money. Even if her claim is based on hearsay, the MP continues to make headlines.  She doesn’t get noticed for victimizing migrants and basing her claim […] more…
Kokoomus MP Pia Kauma continues crusade against baby carriages – now includes Finnish mothers

Kokoomus MP Pia Kauma continues crusade against baby carriages – now includes Finnish mothers

Pia Kauma, the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) MP that pointed the accusing finger at migrants Friday by asking why migrant women get social aid to buy new baby carriages since Finnish mothers buy used ones, wants to do away with social aid to buy baby carriages altogether, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Migrant Tales reported Friday that the finger pointing and […] more…
Institute of Race Relations: Sweden’s counter-extremism policies fail the accountability test

Institute of Race Relations: Sweden’s counter-extremism policies fail the accountability test

Migrant Tales insight: The first question that came to mind when reading the posting below is how Finland challenges the rise of fascism and far-right parties? Meanwhile, right under our noses, is the Perussuomalaiset (PS),* the third-largest party in parliament.  What does a party like the PS say about how Finland is dealing with the […] more…
Why we should treat Pia Kauma’s apology with tweezers

Why we should treat Pia Kauma’s apology with tweezers

Wouldn’t you have known it. After labeling and victimizing migrant women in Finland on Friday, who she claimed were buying new baby carriages with social assistance, the National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma now apologizes for what she said, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Is her apology sincere or a sham? Read full story (in Finnish) here. […] more…
MP Pia Kauma’s crusade against baby carriages is based on hearsay

MP Pia Kauma’s crusade against baby carriages is based on hearsay

National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma has become quite a sensation after she accused migrant women of  buying new baby carriages with welfare money. When asked on YLE’s A-Studio where she got such information, her answer was quite startling.  ”Of course it’s very difficult to get factual information,” she said on YLE’s A-Studio,  “but I […] more…
When there’s hostility in the air and matters start to get violent at a Helsinki bar

When there’s hostility in the air and matters start to get violent at a Helsinki bar

Migrant Tales insight: This is a true account reported on the Rasmus Facebook page but written by one of the victims. One of the scariest matters about what is written is the reaction of the staff at the bar. The person writes: “…I went  to ask the barman, who had seen everything, how he could […] more…
Kokoomus MP still points accusing finger at migrant women for buying new baby carriages

Kokoomus MP still points accusing finger at migrant women for buying new baby carriages

Even if parliamentary elections are in April, some politicians, like National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) MP and Espoo city councilwoman Pia Kauma, are openly attacking migrants. She’s the conservative politician who stated on Friday that migrants shouldn’t buy new baby carriages with welfare money.  Kauma got an opportunity on Monday to present her case on YLE’s A-Studio. […] more…
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