By Enrique Tessieri
To commemorate the UN Week for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination that started on Monday, we will try to answer a question: Why is racism harmful to a society? How can it threaten Finland?
That timely question can be answered by asking why some people in Finland still believe that racism is sexy and patriotic?
Apart from swimming in ignorance and low-self-esteem, there is nothing patriotic about racism. Patriotism means having a sense of community that is inclusive. Nationalism, on the other hand, uses ethnocentric arguments to raise low self-esteem.
This ad below sums up pretty well why racism is a threat to society:
Racism is a four-letter word:
Celebrating diversity clip:
A very important message to future generations:
Even though racism is difficult to spot it does not mean that it is invisible. True, it uses ingenious methods while hiding in the gutter of society as an ogre. One of its favorite alibis is that “it isn’t a racist but…”
Probably one of the reasons why some of us cannot see racism in our society is because it sits right under our noses.
How can racism threaten Finland? Why not look behind your shoulder deep into recent history: European colonialism, Nazi Germany, Former Yugoslavia, the Roma question in Europe, Rwanda, Israeli-Palestinian conflict… Should I go on? In other words, the more we discriminate against others we attack our society’s values in Finland. How can we speak of equality if we are in favor of excluding other members of society?