By Enrique Tessieri
We cannot change the world we live in but we can influence with our example those that live next to us. In the same way we can change matters for the better there are other people who can with their example impact society adversely.
The Internet is one of the most important breeding grounds for racism in Finland and elsewhere. Any person who wishes, no matter how ignorant he or she may be, can write on any topic.
There used to be a saying a long ago that one must write volumes before he can publish. That doesn’t seem true any longer.
When I was a young journalist working for the Buenos Aires Herald, an editor gave me some valuable advice: “Remember that words are like bullets. Don’t overkill.”
The Internet seems today like a free-for-all killing field for racism where overkill is the rule. We even have social-media lynch mob leaders that masquerade as defenders of our values sounding hostile battle charges against immigrants and minorities.
I would like to introduce you to Hemmo Koskiniemi’s blog. He is a PS city councilor of Rovaniemi and in my opinion one of many examples of what is wrong with the PS.
His May 21st entry, Justified racism – “Nigger” lives alone in a 75 m2 home, makes the following claim: An n-word immigrant lives alone in a 75 m2 home with all expenses paid by the City of Rovaniemi and Finland while an ill single father with two children was turned down by the city to pay a guarantee equalling one-month rent.
What is outrageous about Koskiniemi’s entry is that he doesn’t even bother to verify what he alleges. Or did he get the information from a spiteful social worker? Either way, accusing a man of abusing the system without getting an official reply from the authorities is not only lazy but irresponsible and malicious blogging.
Migrant Tales got in touch with the City of Rovaniemi, which denied any wrongdoing in the case. I have sent an email to the editor-in-chief of Uusi Suomi, Markku Huusko, about Koskiniemi’s claim and the City of Rovniemi’s response to it.
We will keep you informed on how the case evolves.