Posts Tagged: Prejudice

Why exaggerating about the dangers of “Sweden’s immigration problem” is racist

You hear a lot from anti-immigration politicians like the Perussuomalaiset* and even the police about how we must contain “Sweden’s immigrant problem” from coming to Finland. If you analyze such a claim and weigh its truth you will rapidly arrive at the following conclusions: It is racist and untrue.  It is racist because it paints

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Racism is an ugly monster that can and must be slayed and banished from our society

Do you remember five years ago a young brave fourteen-year-old called Rebecka Holm? A letter to the editor about the racist harassment she endured regularly when going to school changed her life.
Do you remember five years ago a young brave fourteen-year-old called Rebecka Holm? A letter to the editor about the racist harassment she endured regularly when going to school changed her life.

Do you remember five years ago a young brave fourteen-year-old called Rebecka Holm? A letter to the editor about the racist harassment she endured regularly when going to school changed her life.

Do you remember five years ago a young brave fourteen-year-old called Rebecka Holm? A letter to the editor about the racist harassment she endured regularly when going to school changed her life.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: White washing in Finland

If Finland had a very effective white washing* process in place from independence, who dismantled it or was it ever dismantled? I have my serious doubts. Blackfaces are still aired on Finnish television. The clip above was shown on Pressiklubi on October 6, 2017, and the full movie in 2016. In the 1970s, when it

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Finland’s bigoted and perilous path

Finland has become in a short time a country that has lost its way. The police service, public officials like politicians and even ministers, who should know better, don’t. The most shameful matter that exposes these wretched times is that we’ve allowed xenophobia and nationalist populism to not only enter through the back door but through the main and wide one as well.

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Iraqi asylum seeker: The first Finnish word I learned was “vittu”

It’s a Sunday and we’re at a fast-food Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Helsinki. I have an appointment with a twenty-six-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who came to Finland in September via Tornio and who is staying at one of Luona’s asylum reception centers. Like many who have the misfortune of staying at a reception center run by Luona, he too isn’t happy about the poor and humiliating treatment he’s getting.

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UPDATE (November 20): Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism

Migrant Tales’ 2015 Hall of Poor and Sloppy Journalism will be updated separately. To see other examples of opinionated journalism in Finland about cultural diversity, please go to this link. November 20 Aukeavatko suvakin silmät? – (Tamperelainen) What’s wrong with this community paper editorial? Community papers like Helsingin Uutiset and Vantaa Sanomat are just as bad as other

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