“Stereotypes have some truth to them” has some truth to it but not in the way people think. That truth is not about the stereotyped but the stereotyper.
Migrant Tales has warned about how anti-immigration parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS) have launched a vicious campaign against immigrants and visible minorities. The attacks are getting stronger and louder as the municipal elections of October near.
We have read and heard scores of racist blog entries and comments by a number of PS candidates in the past. One of these by Kai Haavisto, a candidate for Espoo city council, stands out like a sore thumb.
His most recent blog on Uusi Suomi offers a solution to Finland’s “refugee problem.” According to him, we should start exporting rice to Africa.
Here are three points he makes on his blog entry:
- He claims (no sources) that with one refugee Finland could purchase annually 300,000 kilos of rice. Instead of paying refugees welfare, use the money to purchase and export rice to Africa. Refugee problem solved.
- Haavisto claims that African men sit under the shade and drink rice wine, play cards and take sun all day. “Women do all the hard work like bring water, firewood, make food and wash clothes,” according to him.
- Refugees should be forced to work. Does Haavisto support slave labor?
Don’t forget to vote for Kai Haavisto!
Thank you Heli Kontio for bringing up this blog entry to my attention again.