National Coalition Party MP Pertti Salolainen got himself in hot water Saturday due to a comment he made on YLE Aamu TV morning talk show about USAmerican Jews, reports Helsingin Sanomat. The vice chairman of the foreign policy committee said that American Jews have vast control over the wealth and media in the United States. As a result, this hinders Washington from remaining neutral toward the Palestinians.
You can read about Salolainen’s statement on the Jerusalem Post as well.
In my opinion, the biggest mistake that Salolainen did was making such a gross generalization in the first place. USAmerican Jews may control part of the country’s wealth and media, how much is another point.
Moreover, for a vice chairman of the foreign policy committee to make such a generalization adds salt to Salolainen’s inopportune comment.
So what’s the lesson we should learn from Salolainen’s mistake?
Never generalize about ethnic and religious groups because you are going to get yourself in big trouble especially if that group has the means to defend itself.
Too many politicians and policy-makers in this country make similar generalizations about immigrants and other ethnic groups.
This explains in party why their policies and expectations aren’t realistic. They are based on stereotypes and myths that aren’t simply true.