Comment: It is a good matter that Finland has a president, albeit outgoing, who is honestly concerned about racism and exclusion. One particular comment in her interview on Sunday with YLE speaks a thousand words: journalists, politicians, the clergy and teachers must break the cycle of hate speech.
President Halonen states that there has been too much silence and complacency in our society to the rise of such a social ill.
Finland is at a crucial crossroads that can lead to only one matter: greater polarization of society.
What can we do?
Leadership and a clear message by journalists, politicians, the clergy, teachers and the general public that we will not accept to live in a society built on racism and hatred.
President Tarja Halonen says the increased incidence of racist comments in Finland is a symptom of the dark side of worldwide globalisation.