Posts Tagged: United States

What do Jim Crow, Nuremberg Laws and Finland’s Restricting Act of 1939 have in common?

All forms of intolerance have one factor in common: They are violent ways to disenfranchise and control groups through social exclusion. Jim Crow laws in the United States sought to ensure that blacks remain marginalized in the same way as the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany took away all power from the Jews. In Finland, foreigners

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New World Finn: Bye for now

To part is to die a little to die to what we love .* Edmond Haracourt (1856-1941)   The first time I heard the phrase by the French, “to part is to die a little,” was in Finland a long time ago during one of those unforgettable summers, when I used to visit my grandparents in Eastern

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Julian Abagond: nation of immigrants

Migrant Tales insight: Finland is a nation of emigrants, not of immigrants. Even so, the same structures that have kept intact the structures and systemic exploitation of minorities, slavery and Jim Crow are still alive and kicking despite the fact that we try to convince ourselves that the United States is a nation of immigrants. 

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BALOBESHAYI: Are Africans Really Black?

Beatrice Kabutakapua Ferguson. One of the most known city in the US right now, not for the happiest  reasons though. It’s the place where Michael Brown, an African America man, was shot by the police. Usually the ethnic background is useless for me,but in this case is the engine that started the turmoil happening in this

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Some migrants can be pretty racist, especially those who enjoyed ethnic privilege in their former homelands

I am at a gathering at the British Council in Helsinki hearing a talk in 2013 by Eva Biaudet, the Ombudsman for Minorities, on discrimination and prejudice in Finland. After the talk, one of the participants, a white Englishman, says: “You speak just like a [U.S.] American.” People who make such statements assume a lot

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