Apart from being a wake-up call to ever-growing social exclusion, discrimination and outright intolerance that is alive and kicking in Sweden, the riots in the northern suburb of Stockholm have revealed in Finland our prejudices and loathing for cultural diversity.
The Local writes: “Stockholm is not on fire. Let’s get that clear immediately.” Read full story here.
The riots in Husby even encouraged anti-immigration commentators on Migrant Tales to radicalize and step up their attacks on those who defend the good name of this blog.
Since riots are a desperate call for attention, reaction to such turmoil can reveal our deepest fears, prejudices and shameless doses of political opportunism as we have seen by Perussuomalaiset party politicians.
For me, the riots in Sweden are a sad reminder that a part of our society is still incapable of coming to terms with cultural diversity. Their response is defensive instead of proactive.
What does all of this reveal to us? That the lives of certain immigrant groups in this country are going to get far worse in the future.
By ”far worse” I mean greater social exclusion, prejudice and discrimination. Instead of finding proactive solutions, our prejudices will continue to cripple and impair our good judgement.
Another unsettling fact emerges from the Stockholm riots: Finland has serious issues of its own in accepting its ever-growing cultural diversity.
What will all of this lead to? The answer is simple: Similar riots in Finland in the future as in Sweden.
If the riots in Husby show that that a model Nordic welfare state like Sweden has issues concerning cultural diversity, it suggests that matters in Finland are in far worse shape.
It’s not too late, however. A lot can be done to avoid the mistakes of Sweden on the integration of immigrants front.
The most important of these is to live up to the spirit of our laws, which promotion of acceptance, opportunities and social equality for all.