Abdirahim Husu Hussein claim about the Perussuomalaiset is a threat to the far-right party

by , under Enrique Tessieri

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

DiAngelo’s definition of racism incriminates the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* with their hand in the racist cookie jar. The whole political message of the PS hinges on consciously being mean to people of color, especially Muslims and Somalis.

There are countless examples of how PS politicians and their supporters consciously say and encourage their followers to say disrespectful things that polarize our society. Several PS politicians, like its leader Jussi Halla-aho, have convictions for ethnic agitation.

Helsinki City Councilperson Abdirahim Husu Hussein’s tweet, claiming that all PS politicians, voters and supports are racist is a long-overdue discussion needed in Finland unless you want the next prime minister to be the leader of a far-right Islamophobic party.

The reaction of the PS and of a Nurmijärvi councilperson to Hussein’s tweet offer a good example of white Finnish fragility.

Maiju Tapiolinna’s Facebook post is a good example of the hostility that white Finnish fragility brings out in some people. She states: “Somalis should leave the country if they don’t integrate.” The Nurmijärvi PS politician has asked to police to investigate Hussein’s tweet in order that the police file charges against him. For what? The PS is not an ethnic group. Source Facebook and Sakari Timonen’ blog.

Halla-aho’s reaction to Hussein’s tweet about the PS was expected. He said in Uusi Suomi, an online publication that gives the PS a forum to spread their far-right ideology: “In a country that abides by the rule of law, it is paramount that the law protects all individuals and groups alike.”

The PS leader, who hears no hate speech/fascism or see no hate speech/fascism, is crying about white people needing the same protection as minorities. Considering that hate speech laws are intended to protect vulnerable groups like Muslims, Halla-aho’s comment has white privilege painted over it.

Halla-aho’s logic is in the same league as one used by his party in the past, which argued that the Finns are “an indigenous group” threatened by immigration.

The biggest threat to the PS’ future is to fail at becoming a “normal” racist far-right party.

Will Halla-aho and the PS succeed at becoming a “normal” party while spouting anti-immigration and far-right rhetoric to its supporters?

It all hinges on what our reaction to the PS’ balancing act (seeming like a “normal” party whose politicians and supporters are consciously racist).

Migrant Tales was quoted in Time Magazine right after the 2011 parliamentary election when the PS gained 39 seats from 5 previously. Back then, former PS chairperson Timo Soini said:  “We are not extremists so you can sleep safely,” and we were quoted right after: “Far-right populism is an illness inflicting Europe at present and it now has a beachhead in Finland.”

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform has wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

    • Migrant Tales

      This is not a request to the police but a story in MTV. Send me the complaint to the police. I will publish it in Migrant Tales. You are going to make mefamous again as in 2008, when you brought a swarm of trolls to my website from Scripta. Thank you for that.

  1. intternetnetsi

    Finns are indigenous around gulf of finland or what your beloved russians couldn’t destroy.

    Your hatred against finns wont change facts.

  2. intternetnetsi

    I have over 200 years of recorded history more than latest sami immigrants. Dont tell me that im not native.

    • Migrant Tales

      You are a person who has lived in Finland for eight generations. You are not “a native” like the Saami. You are their oppressors.

  3. intternetnetsi

    Idiot, i have written record on that age, how long my family has been here is unknown. I have no idea if im sami or if there were sami in my forefathers. If you look sami pictures they arent different than me.

    • Migrant Tales

      Ok, fair enough, 389 years ago or 15 generations (one generation is 25 years). Since you aren’t 389 years old, I ask you this question: So what? It may be important for you, but to be malicious to people who aren’t white and who have been a shorter time in Finland is wrong.

    • Migrant Tales

      The Saami are “white” but not in the same way as you. You have white privilege and power, which the Saami don’t even if they are white-skinned.

  4. intternetnetsi

    You cant tell me out of group of sami. Not clothing or anything. Tourist attractions or larping people are different but if i clothe like “traditional sami” i would go as sami for you. And that traditional clothing is new to them.

  5. intternetnetsi

    And according to maps and records finns have been here at least 3000 years, sami speak finnic language so separated from us somewhere in history.

    So according to you there are no natives.

    • Migrant Tales

      Yes, according to you the Garden of Eden was founded in Finland. What is totally off the wall about your nativist worldview is that you use your histoy, which you have never even raised a finger to happen, to be hostile to people who are not like you. I have told you many times: be kind to others, don’t be mean.

      Are you a Saami? Aren’t you a Finn whose family moved to Lapland and oppressed the natives? From my mother’s side, my family goes back many generations. So many, in fact, that it isn’t important because we all move like migrants.