Comment: Here is an interesting column on Multilingual Mania that could be a good wakeup call to us how anti-immigration matters could turn nasty in Europe and Finland.
What would happen if we substituted some words in the blog entry below terms like Arizona for Europe or Finland? Do these statements sound eerily familiar today in our part of the world, even if they were said in another continent?
“We’ve seen it over and over
–measurement of the skull incompatible cultural traits to prove that African Americans people from outside Europe were inferior and deserv ed to be enslaved treated as third-class citizens, the depiction of indigenous Native Americans Muslims and Africans as wild savages living in the stone age who need ed to be ripped away from their cultures and re-educated assimilated, and the idea that all Arabs are either radical terrorists or culturally inferior, and far too many other instances.”
And: “The lies paint a portrait of immigrants as drug dealers,
child molesters rapists, leaches, thieves, murderers, and other big, bad, evil monsters. This video discusses and confronts some of the lies, mistruths, and distortions of information that are coming out of the mouth of authority figures regarding immigration.”
The spreading of lies and exaggerations by Finnish anti-immigration politicians have been handsomely rewarded by the way of votes. It has helped a party like the Perussuomalaiset to become the second largest in Finland. Alejandro Chávez, the son of the famous United Farm Workers activist César Chávez, said: “People will suffer not the politicians (spreading these lies).”
Do you think that media and people in this country should be more outspoken against those politicians that are using the anti-immigration card to reap political benefits?
Are we too soft on them?
It’s a classic trick of the racists to paint a portrait of a people so horrible that it makes anything that is done to them to be justifiable. It’s quite a brilliant idea, really, to be able to paint such a nasty picture of someone in the mind of the public without many people hardly even catching on to the trick. This strategy serves to dehumanize people, stripping them of their humanity and making them into objects that deserve to be tamed, oppressed, and controlled.