By Enrique Tessieri
After being the editor of Migrant Tales for about five years, I get the message: Finns with international backgrounds, immigrants never mind Muslims are not allowed to take part in the ongoing debate on Finland’s ever-growing cultural diversity.We are not allowed to raise a finger nor an objection. The reason that we are doing exactly that on Migrant Tales explains why we are no longer such a faint voice.
Even if our growth has been quite breathtaking and spectacular especially in the past year, we are still a hand-on-heart operation run on our pure passion for social justice and against racism. We believe that everyone who lives in this country should be treated with respect and have equal opportunities.
Contrary to what our critics claim, and there are many of them, Finland is our home-sweet-home. Our aim on Migrant Tales is to defend our Constitution and the values that make us a successful Nordic welfare state. Values like social equality (tasa-arvo) and mutual acceptance are defended tooth and nail.
If there are threats to our society, they do not come from abroad but are found within our borders. Some of these groups even in parliament want to turn the hands of time back to the 1930s but in a 2010s context. Apart from a few changes, like substituting Muslims for Jews as the greatest menace to our society, it is the same beast in different clothing.
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja was quoted as saying on HBL that nearly half of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party MPs belong to the far right.
Who is allowed to debate social ills like racism in Finland?
Everyone. And we encourage more immigrants, Finns with international backgrounds, visible minorities and Finns to take part in the debate.
Nothing can nor will intimidate us from raising our voices.