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Exposing Finnish white privilege #66: Abdirahim Husu Hussein and dealing with racist passengers in a racist environment

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein has been in the eye of a storm over a passenger who harassed him in a racist manner and who he was planning to leave the car at a bus stop but took the person to his final destination. Hussein posted on Facebook on Sunday

Case Abdirahim Husu Hussein (again) and the racism of the Perussuomalaiset party

Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein has a lot of grit against racist parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* and its band of followers. The latest incident proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that the PS is a racist party. Hussein is a courageous politician who gets stronger with every racist death threat and harassment

Abdirahim Husu Hussein is absolved but Maiju Tapiolinna may have allegedly incited hatred against an ethnic group

It was clear that the request to the police by Perussuomalaiseet (PS)* Councilperson Maiju Tapiolinna to investigate whether Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein for ethnic agitation and slander would not make it to first base. And that is what the police announced today. They said they will not investigate the complaint against Hussein for

Abdirahim Husu Hussein: One matter is the racist attacks but far worse is the indiffernce of the SDP and other political parties

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Setting aside the racist attacks and harassment that Social Democratic (SDP) Helsinki city Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein received due to a tweet, why are members of his party

Abdirahim Husu Hussein gives the PS on Ylen aamu-tv a taste of their own toxic medicine

After near-constant hostile labeling of Muslims, Somalis and other people of color in Finland by the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, it is a positive sign that people are speaking out. One of these persons who has been in the news is Helsinki city councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein. Watching him deflect the usual rhetoric from people, who

Thank you Abdirahim Husu Hussein for exposing white Finnish fragility

Social Democratic Party Helsinki city councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein tweeted that all the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* and their supporters are racists. If you think of it, he has a point. The PS is not only an Islamophobic party, but it is also a far-right party as well. A PS councilperson from Nurmijärvi, Maiju Tapiolinna, filed charges

Abdirahim Husu Hussein: Oikeus on voittanut taas

Abdrirahim Husu Hussein Abdirahman Ismail Ali, ystävilleen Suldaanka, saapui Suomeen turvapaikanhakijana syyskuussa 2015. Suomeen saavuttuaan hän eli niin kuin muutkin, pelasi jalkapalloa ja suoritti vuoden kestävän valmentavan VALMA kurssin opiskellen samalla suomea ja valmistuttuaan hän haki ammattikouluun rakennuslinjalle, johon hänet hyväksyttiin. Hän suunnitteli hankkivansa pätevyyden voidakseen rakentaa elämänsä Suomeen ja antaakseen lopulta takaisin sille maalle,

Abdirahim Husu Hussein: Suomen maahanmuuttopoliittinen linja

Abdirahim Husu Hussein Hallitustunnustelut ovat käynnissä ja Suomi etsii keskustan johdolla maahan seuraavaa hallitusta. Hallitusneuvottelussa tullaan keskustelemaan monesta asiasta yhtä aikaa. Tarkoituksena on löytää yhdistäviä asioita, joihin kaikki hallitukseen tulevat puolueet voivat sitoutua. Kaikki puolueet myös tulevat tekemään kompromisseja, hyväksymään joitain poliittisia linjoja, joita eivät itse kannata. Kaikilla puolueilla on yhteisiä ja erottavia asioita. Keskustaa

Abdirahim Husu Hussein: Timo Soini – Rasisti?

Abdirahim Husu Hussein Suomessa asuvana uussuomalaisena, muslimina, somalina, kepulaisena ja afrikkalaismiehenä joudun väkisinkin vastoin omaa tahtoani irtisanoutumaan uussuomalaisten tekemistä pahuuksista Suomessa, muslimitaustaisten rikollisien teoista maailmalla, somaliassa asuvien rikoksista Somaliassa ja Suomessa, kepulaisten tekemistä vääristä päätöksistä kepulandiassa ja mistä milloinkin. En tee näitä irtisanoutumisia omasta tahdostani, sillä en ole henkilönä sellaisessa asemassa että olisin sellaiseen velvoitettu.

Abdirahim Hussein Mohamed: Aloitetaan sillanrakennus – Husun ajatuksia yhteisöllisyydestä

Abdirahim Hussein Mohamed Tiedän, että monet tulevat lukemaan tämän ja ihmettelevät, kuka ihmeessä oikein olen kun kirjoitan tänne näitä juttuja. Haluan kuitenkin olla rehellinen ja kertoa, keitä me olemme ja mitä mieltä me olemme asioista. En ole edustamassa ketään yksittäistä henkilöä, mutta tiedän tuovani esille monen ihmisen mielipiteen. Yritän parhaani mukaan olla suorapuheinen ja rehellinen

Mikä Jussia Husussa niin kovin ärsyttää?

Olen usein miettinyt, mikä siinä Abdirahim Husseinissa oikein on niin ärsyttävää, että Jussi Halla-aho on herkiämättä hänen kimpussaan. Tuskin luuska rakkaudesta tässäkään tapauksessa potkii, mutta mistä syystä? Jussi on noussut nopeasti politiikan huipulle. Kyseenalaisin keinoin, mutta kuitenkin. Miksi hänelle on niin kammottava ajatus, että myös Abdirahim nousisi? Abdirahim on tullut Suomeen yksin 15-vuotiaana pakolaisena ja

Twitter Abirahim Husu Hussein: 27 PS members filed charges to the police

Abrirahim Husu Hussein tweeted that 27 members of the far-right Perusuomalaiset (PS)* party filed charges against the Helsinki city councilperson for tweeting in July that all the PS, its voters, and supporters are racists. Of all the Finnish political parties, the PS is the most racist. Under Jussi Halla-aho’s leadership, the party has steered to

Thank you, Hussein and Silvenoinen for exposing who the Perussuomalaiset are

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED It’s been a tough bubble-bursting July and August for Finland’s second-biggest party in parliament, the Perussuomalaiset (PS).* Helsinki city Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein tweeted that the party and supporters were racists, while history researcher Oula Silvenoinen reminded and called the PS a far-right party on television. Silvenoinen isn’t the only researcher

Abdirahim Hussein Mohamed: Hakkarainen pelkää muslimeja!

Abdirahim Hussein Mohamed Maanantaina 19. elokuuta Iltasanomissa oli artikkeli, joka on sinällään mielenkiintoinen, kun maanantai on muuten viikon vaikein päivä, etenkin nyt kun kesälomat ovat takana. Lehdessä kerrottiin kuinka kansaedustaja Hakkarainen jälleen kerran näytti oikean värinsä. Minulle ja monelle muulle muslimitaustaiselle ihmiselle tämä uutinen ei ole mikään yllätys. Olen odottanut milloin tulee seuraavan Hakkarais-pläjäyksen. Se

Exposing white Finnish privilege #88: A Facebook page that asks white people if they look like a Finn?

Thanks to a Facebook page and a story in Helsingin Sanomat, I became on Monday, a member of a group called “Do I look Finnish?” Nothing wrong with that, but if the page attempts to reinforce stereotypes about Finns, then something is rotten in Denmark. Understanding how far-right groups like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)*, Suomen Sisu,

Exposing white privilege in Finland #87: Social segregation is not white Finland’s fault

The recent article and editorial in Helsingin Sanomat about social segregation in Finland is a good example of how white privilege deals with growing social segregation. Finland’s largest daily, Helsingin Sanomat, published an editorial Thursday about how social segregation is growing in Finland. That follows a story about how some schools in Espoo have more

Exposing white privilege in Finland #86: Maryan Abdulkarim and Finland’s amnesia

I can’t remember. It’s not important anyway. Finland’s political amnesia shrowded in denial and hostility comes in the form of knee-jerk reactions. Those knee-jerk reactions may appear by acting dumb to difficult questions or by destroying your credibility in public. I met Maryan Abdulkarim many years ago and commended her bravery in the face of

Exposing white privilege in Finland #85: We need solutions, not racist provocations

The riots in Sweden sparked by the burning of the Koran by the Danish far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party led by Rasmus Palaudan remind us how urgently we need solutions, not provocations, to heal the wounds gashed by racism and double standards. Provocations do nothing more than expose our hypocrisy and privilege. They never

Exposing white privilege in Finland #84: Suomineidot offers refuge to privilege, white power, whitewashing, the far right and racism

Comments about the Yle television series on far-right young women, Suomineidot (Finnish Maidens), went viral, and for a good reason. Apart from revealing how much in the dark Yle is about racism and the far right, it also exposes white privilege in Finland. In a nutshell, the series is about three young women: Meri Kartta

Exposing white Finnish privilege #82: Good “refugees” are white and Christian, “bad” ones are Muslims

In light of the Russian invasion and bloodshed in Ukraine, Finland has expressed its readiness to take in “tens of thousands” of “refugees” from that country, according to Yle. Remember last year, when Poland closed its border with Belarus over mostly Iraqis seeking asylum in the EU? Remember the calls to keep out such asylum

Exposing white Finnish privilege #81: Racializing crime, perpetuating stereotypes and racism

Treat with tweezers whenever percentage figures are used to depict sexual assault cases by migrants. A government-commissioned study published Thursday concluded that migrants are over-represented in suspected sexual assault crimes, perpetuating a toxic narrative. Such generalizations give ammunition to Islamophobes like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party to maintain and reinforce racist stereotypes.  To look at how the Finnish

Exposing white Finnish privilege #80: Violence against you counts but mine doesn’t

Radical-right Islamophobic Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party MP, Sebastian Tynkkynen, who has two ethnic agitation convictions and a third pending, is trying to get the most political mileage from an incident at an #elokapina demonstration.  Some unknown persons at the demonstration allegedly attempted to attack Tynkkynen and shoved him. The police asked if the MP wanted to

Exposing white Finnish privilege #79: Spreading lies at our economic peril

What if most of the anti-immigration talking points spread by politicians like Jussi Halla-aho, Riikka Purra, and most of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party are just outright lies and urban legends? What if those false arguments put Finland in economic and social peril because they are untrue? An interesting paper titled, The 14 Most Common Arguments against

Exposing white Finnish privilege #78: the spread and acceptance of white nationalism

THE STORY WAS UPDATED Events after the storming of the Capitol building in Washington on January 6 exposed white nationalist terrorism as the biggest threat facing the United States. Since the events that took place at the Capitol did not happen spontaneously, are we going to see something similar in Finland’s ever-hostile far-right groups like

Exposing white Finnish privilege #77: The PS are Finnish white supremacists

TOPLINE One of the interesting facts about white nationalism is that it is copied from somewhere else. Thus, white supremacist conspiracy views in Finland are nothing more than copy-and-paste jobs from somewhere else. Some may play down the PS as a “light” version of white supremacy. We disagree. The PS under the leadership of Jussi

Exposing white Finnish privilege #76: Two news stories that expose entitlement

If the story about youth crime committed by so-called people of migrant backgrounds had been published in the United States, many would be considered misleading and racist. One in November about youth crime ended up labeling all youths of migrant origin as dangerous or potential criminals. The other one, published this month, was about the

Exposing white Finnish privilege #74: The anti-Semitic beast inside Jussi Halla-aho

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED In a recent debate with Center Party chairperson Annika Saariko, the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party head, Jussi Halla-aho, was put on the hot seat after asked about his anti-Semitic blog writings. He denied being an anti-Semite and said that the claim was a popularity stunt by Lauri Nurmi, who recently published an

Exposing white Finnish privilege #72: False police reporting is an example of violence and open hostility

White Finnish privilege is powerful since you can use the police to project the need for defense and protection. In the United States, we saw two viral examples (see below) involving Amy Cooper and Lisa Alexander. For those who don’t remember, Cooper is the “Central Park Karen” for false reporting to the police. She falsely

Exposing white Finnish privilege #71: Hate speech is an example of white supremacist privilege

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED As the troubled dust settles over Friday’s vote in parliament that kept Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Juha Mäenpää’s immunity from persecution, the arguments for or against have little or nothing to do with freedom of speech but expose white supremacist privilege. Even if the Finnish constitution and integration program speak of a two-way

Exposing white Finnish privilege #69: Spreading racism and hatred the Iltalehti and PS way

Any sensible person, irrespective of his cultural and religious background, does not condone sexual harassment. Even so, the police and Iltalehti continue full steam ahead to blame Muslims for these types of crimes. The blame game is so potent that we forget that most of the sexual harassment cases are committed by Finns. It is

Exposing white Finnish privilege #68: The party that injects Finland’s Islamophobia with steroids and other hate-enhancing drugs

One matter is clear: Opinion polls, which place the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* as the most popular party, have not only encouraged the party’s far-right stance but given it the hubris to spread and implant with its hatred social ills like racism. Finland is, alas waking up to the threat of the PS. In his New Year’s

Exposing Finnish white privilege #67: Pirkka-Pekka Petelius’ apology exposes deep-rooted white Finnish supremacy

Helsingin Sanomat carried out a survey asking if Pirkka-Pekka Petelius did the right thing to apologize to the Saami for mocking them in a racist manner in the Hymyhuulet show (1987-88). The survey showed that 57% thought that Petelius was wrong to apologize, while only 29% said that he did the right thing; 14% had

Jos olet jonkun puolella, puolustat häntä myös vaikeina hetkinä

Matkustimme 2000-luvun alkupuolella Espoon rannoilta bussilla Helsingin keskustaan. Oli kesä, ilta vielä nuori ja bussi puolillaan noin 14 – 15-vuotiaita ”hyvien perheiden tyttäriä”, jotka joivat näyttävästi keskiolutta ja pitivät ilmatilaa hallussa. Muutama matkustaja yritti heitä toppuutella, mutta sai vain röyhkeää sadattelua vastaukseksi. Matkan lopuksi menin kysymään kuljettajalta, miksi hän ei puuttunut tilanteeseen ja poistanut tyttöjä

The dark racist side of Finland, the Nordic country with the best education system, home of equal rights and all that blah blah

Helsinki City Councillor Abdirahim Husu Hussein, who is now giving racists and parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* a taste of their own medicine proves a point: There is too much racism in Finland, and too little is done to counter it. Disagree? How many hate speech, hate crime, and cases involving racism ever reach the

The term “harmful immigration” is just as bad a word as using the n-word

THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Racists, xenophobes and populist opportunists from parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* like to be intentionally mean to Muslim and African asylum seekers by labelling them “harmful” immigration. Using the term harmful immigration to describe non-EU migrants by especially politicians of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party is as bad as using the n-word.

Exposing white Finnish privilege #53: Why is our tolerance for racism at street level

When US President Donald Trump viciously attacked “The Squad” (Congresspersons Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar), when he told them to leave the country (see tweet below), there was dismay and outrage from politicians and other sectors of society. In Finland, a politician like Maiju Tapiolinna can tell a Helsinki city Councilperson,

Perussuomalaiset a racist party? You bet!

A racist is an individual, always an individual, who does not like people based on race – must be conscious – and who intentionally seems to be mean to them. Robin DiAngelo, sociologist THIS STORY WAS UPDATED Using DiAngelo’s definition, the Perussuomalaiset (PS),* their politicians, their voters, and followers are racists because through such a party

Friday’s A-studio: Attack the weak and vulnerable in Finland because they can’t fight back

In many respects the success of the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party in the last two parliamentary elections could be seen as a last cry against our ever-growing cultural diversity, which is a reality and will continue to grow in the future. Newly elected PS MP Laura Huhtasaari was one of the guests on Friday’s A-studio together with Green

Finland elections send a worrisome message of petty provincialism, anti-immigration, anti-Islam and anti-Other

Of the top 12 anti-immigration candidates below, only one didn’t get reelected: National Coalition Party’s Pia Kauma (UPDATED) and James Hirvisaari of Muutos 2011. While this is a small consolation in the face of the success of the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party on Sunday, the big question is if this populist anti-immigration party will form part of the

Finland goes to the polls Sunday – don’t vote for these anti-immigration candidates

Finland will hold  parliamentary elections on Sunday. One of the interesting question marks is who will come in second or third place. One poll predicts the Center Party winning (no surprise) with the National Coalition Party (NCP) and Perussuomalaiset (PS)* coming in second and third, respectively. The Social Democrats are in fourth place.  During the last

What’s the difference between a migrant rapist and a white Finnish rapist?

Any sensible person condemns what happened on Monday, when a woman was gang raped by a group of teenagers in the northern Helsinki neighborhood of Tapanila. Some voices, notably the most anti-immigration voices, are demanding an apology from the Somali community. One Somali woman, Ujuni Ahmed, apologized on behalf of the whole community on Helsingin Sanomat

Where to catch up on news about immigration, immigrants and cultural diversity

Where does Migrant Tales get its information? Apart from getting tip-offs from readers, another important source is Uutiskynnys as well as other social media sites like Facebook (Rasmus and others) and Twitter. We only read racist diatribe on Facebook instead of following hate sites like Hommaforum and Scripta.  Following the latter sites as well as other

A present for National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma

Remember National Coalition Party MP Pia Kauma? Yes, the MP from Espoo, who pointed an accusing finger at migrant mothers claiming that they bought with social aid new baby carriages while Finnish mothers bought used ones. Kauma never backed her statements but at the end her claims were proven false and based on hearsay.  Migrant Tales’

Defining white Finnish privilege #6: Not having a voice and the media

In many respects white privilege, or specifically white Finnish privilege, is a good way to understand some of the challenges that migrants and especially non-white Finns face in this country. Migrant Tales invites readers to share their thoughts on the social ill. Please send your comments on the topic to [email protected] We’d love to hear from you.

Mixed reactions to Hakkarainen’s racist blog entry that victimizes immigrants and Muslims

Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Teuvo Hakkarainen’s recent blog entry, which attacked immigrants and Muslims, has been condemned by the vice president of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Eero Vainio, and by Muslims like Abdirahim Husu Hussein of the Center Party.  Reaction to what Hakkarainen wrote is a positive sign that part of Finland’s political establishment considers

UPDATE: Black bus driver assaulted in Helsinki

A black bus driver from Somalia was assaulted Tuesday in Helsinki by a white Finn, who apparently didn’t like a black man honking the horn at him.  Ali Dahir, the victim who has been given sick leave from work, was hit by the attacker and suffered concussions.  “I had to stop at an intersection and

A rude message on a Center Party politician’s door

Abdirahim Husu Hussein, who is a Helsinki Center Party politician and hosts a popular radio talk show on YLE with Ali Jahangiri, his wife was the first to read a rude message written on their apartment door: “Binladen was here.”   If I’d read something similar on my door,  I’d be pretty annoyed to say the least. Some

Exceptional Finns with immigrant backgrounds

Some Exceptional Finns with so-called immigrant backgrounds are Husein Muhammed, Nasima Razmyar, Arman Alizad, Tino Singh, Abdirahim Husu Hussein and Ali Jahangiri. All of them have one thing in common: They are exceptions to the stereotype but have immigrant backgrounds.   But how can you call a person who has lived most of his or her life in

Milloin minusta tulee suomalainen?

”Olenko suomalainen?” on niitä kysymyksiä, jotka yhdistävät kaikkia toisen polven maahanmuuttajia. Mutta kaikista kipeimmin se koskettaa värillisiä. Kantasuomalaisten keskuudessa kuuluu välillä lausahdus maassa maan tavalla mutta mitä tämä sanonta oikeasti tarkoittaa.

There is hope if racism thrives on ignorance and isolation

If racism thrives on ignorance and isolation, then there is hope but a lot has to be done. Instead of lowering oneself to the diatribe and hatred of anti-immigration groups, we must strive to find solutions. People who spread racism are by no means infallible. Racism is like Dracula. Not only does it live on by infecting the person, it cannot stand the light of day.

Jussi Halla-aho, tavisten maalittaja

Nyt kun Silakka-liikkeessä kovasti pohditaan, saako politiikkaa vastustaa siten, että mainitaan, kuka sitä vastustettavaa politiikkaa tekee, jäin jälleen miettimään sitä, kuinka helpolla meillä media ja poliitikkokollegat päästävät rasistiset tyhjänpuhujat. Suomen media puhuu kyllä suorin sanoin ruotsalaispuolueista ja niiden johtajista rasistisina, mutta Jussi Halla-aho saa lähinnä vain kunnioittavia kyselyitä siitä, kuinka sitä maasta heittämistä sitten oikein

Name one PS MP who didn’t get elected without the help of Islamophobia, racism, and misogyny

Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussain tweeted in July: All the Perussuomalaiset* and their voters/supporters are racists. Yes i said it. Do you need proof? Take a look at your [party’s] history and how you became Finland’s second-biggest party [in parliament].” In addition to Hussein’s tweet: “Name me one Perussuomalaiset MP who was not elected

Toimittajat, kuka pelkää Halla-ahoa?

Perussuomalaisissa puuhaillaan innolla puheenjohtajan vaihdosta. Kun ehdolle ollaan asettamassa Jussi Halla-ahoa, joka ei omien sanojensa mukaan ollenkaan ole sovelias johtotehtäviin, mutta on nyt todennäköisesti asettumassa ehdokkaaksi, on tarpeen hiukan ihmetellä, millä eväillä.   Rasistien ”Mestarilla” on kova maine. Jotenkin ihmeellisellä tavalla hän on saanut mediankin pelkäämään itseään niin, että hänelle ei koskaan aseteta oikeastaan muita

White Finnish privilege #30: Whitewashing and racializing the news

On the fifth anniversary, when Anders Breivik went on the rampage in Oslo on 22/7 by killing 77 victims, we saw another gunman in Munich who followed the Norwegian killer’s example. We now know with pretty much certainty that there was a connection between what the shooter did in Munich and with the fifth anniversary.

Susheela Daniel: On being a multicultural Finn

I got to know Susheela Daniel through many of her insightful Facebook postings. She was one of the brave women who protested in front of parliament against the election of Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party MP Maria Lohela as speaker of parliament. One of her latest Facebook posts was on “integrated migrants” raised some good questions about Uncle Toms in the migrant and minority community.

Finland & Cultural Diversity 2013

Compared with the previous two years, 2013 will be remembered as business as usual on the intolerance front. A positive sign, however, is the reaction of some of the Finnish media to racism. Even so, the media in this country continues to give some racists inflated respectability and importance by spreading their prejudice.    The reaction

The riots in Stockholm could happen in Finland sooner rather than later

Center Party municipal politician Abdirahim “Husu” Hussein told the Finnish media that the riots we are seeing in the Stockholm suburb of Husby could well happen in Finland in 10-15 years if we commit the same mistakes. The ugly face of intolerance, which is raising its head in Finland conspicuously, reinforces Hussein’s claim.  By “mistakes” I mean