A poll commissioned by newsmagazine Suomen Kuvalehti shows that 15%* of those Finns polled believed that blacks don’t have the same abilities as white Europeans. Moreover, about the same amount (13%) who were polled believed that white Europeans should not mix with non-white Europeans due to a fear that the former group is in danger of becoming extinct.
About half of Perussuomalaiset (PS)* supporters believed, however, that blacks are “inferior.”
In an earlier story, Migrant Tales commented on the picture that Suomen Kuvalehti used for the story, which promoted stereotypes about Muslims and migrants.
Over one fifth of those polled believed that there were different races. Over half of those polled in this group housed racist ideas, according to Suomen Kuvalehti.
Two fifths of those polled believed that humans weren’t divided into racial groups.
The party with the most negative attitudes towards cultural diversity and immigration were none other than members of the PS.*
Suomen Kuvalehti writes that already in 1950 Unesco recommended that concept of race should not be taught at schools any longer. In Finland, however, such concepts were not only taught at school in the 1960s but that Europeans were hardworking and intelligent compared with Africans, who were childish, happy and carefree.
Up to the 1970s school children were taught that the word “n” stands for “n-word” and that no matter how much an n-word washes his face it doesn’t whiten.
When asked which kinds of immigrants those polled see “very desirable” or “quite desirable,” the Swedes (86%) and Germans (86%) came up on top followed by USAmericans (83%), Estonians (73%), Chinese (65%) and Thais (65%)
The least desirable according to the survey were Afghanis (31%), Iraqis (29%) and Somalis (26%).
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.
* We incorrectly reported the figure at 50% but should be 15%. Even so, about 50% of PS supporters see black people as “inferior.”