The biggest supporters of immigrants and visible minorities in Finland aren’t groups lobbying for their rights per se, but their enemies. Instead of tapping ourselves on the back for challenging a social ill like racism, we should thank Perussuomalaiset (PS) chairman Timo Soini for exposing in this country bigotry and isolationism in the raw.
Without Soni, how would we have ever learned of politicians and aides like James Hirvisaari, Jussi Halla-aho, Jussi Niinistö, Ulla Pyysalo, Helena Eronen, Tommi Rautio, Teuvo Hakkarainen, Olli Immonen, Juho Eerola and a long list of others?
Instead of bringing out the worst in our society, these politicians and aides have empowered and brought the best in some of us. Migrant Tales is one of many examples of groups that have been energized by the present situation.
Our reaction as a society to racism, isolationism, hate speech and far-right extremism has been slow but encouraging.
When some spread with their extremist ideology their message of hate, they do a great service to our cause. Taking into account how racism and isolationism boosted the PS to victory in April 2011, it’s clear that things have changed considerably since then.
How can you fumble a golden political opportunity that the PS had after the election and see it disintegrate before your eyes? For this we must thank the PS and MPs like Teuvo Hakkarainen from day one.
The real threat to Finland are those politicians and groups that want to divide our society with the help of racism, prejudice and hate speech.
We are not being attacked and overrun by immigrants and refugees, the real threat comes from our backyard in the form of Soini, Hirvisari, Niinistö, Pyysalo, Ratio and many others.