Posts Tagged: white Finnish privilege

White Finnish privilege #54: Disguising your racism, bigotry, and prejudices effectively

In Finland, there are many ways how white people and their institutions discriminate against people of color, migrants and minorities in general. Since all forms of discrimination are highly adaptive, they can also effectively disguise their racism, bigotry, and prejudices. 

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #51: The police are the defenders of white power and privilege

Ask Finland’s Romany minority If you want to understand how the Finnish police service reinforces and defends white power and privilege. I did this recently, and the answers did not surprise me.  According to a member of the Roma community, the Finnish police play down discrimination, especially if it involves a member of that minority

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #48: Allow me to smear your religion so mine can shine

What is surprising how Finnish white society has brought new topics in the discussion about the white Finnish narrative. A classic of this narrative is, with the help of denial, that we don’t have any issues with racism. If we deny racism we can smear other groups at will.

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #47: President Sauli Niinistö’s “culture inside four walls”

Instead of showing leadership and giving a public face to our ever-growing culturally and ethnically diverse non-white society, President Sauli Niinistö does the opposite again. I have said it before and I wil say it again: President Niinistö is no friend of non-white Finland.  In an interview on YLE, Niinistö gave an Iraqi man’s example of

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #44: Defending Nazis’ rights to march is ok as long we agree on the common enemy

Jan Vapaavuori is the mayor of Helsinki who wrote the following on his Facebook wall below about Nazis marching in Helsinki on Independence Day:

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #43: White versus dark skin

Brown is beautiful just like black and white are beautiful, right? Add to the latter equation power and privilege and a more sinister picture emerges: white is beautiful but brown and black aren’t. 

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #41: An Islamophobic politician and gender equality

A campaign for gender equality by Naisjäjestöt NJKL is an excellent example of white privilege and denial. In the tweet below, we know that Elisabeth Rehn and former Helsiniki Bishop Irja Askola have spoken out against racism and hate speech. However, on the top right hand of the picture we find Blue Reform* (New Perussuomalaiset) MP Maria Lohela, who made her political career by spreading Islamophobia and hatred towards migrants.

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Exposing white Finnish privilege #40: To whitewash or to disenfranchise

If we wanted to give an extreme picture of how people are “integrated” into society, we could go back to the 1940s when Jews, the Roma and other undesirables of the Nazi regime were transported in boxcars to death camps. Just like those that were separated and sent to go the gas chamber or would

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