THE STORY WAS UPDATED
A 53-year-old white Finnish male fatally shot his African wife in Lahti on Sunday, according to tabloid Ilta-Sanomat. The couple had been separated and were at fighting in court over legal custody of their only child. The woman was 38.
The woman was allegedly from Zambia.
The couple got married in northern Finland in 2016 but moved to the south of the country. They separated with the man living in Kouvola and the deceased woman in Lahti, located 64 kilometers.
Tabloids like Ilta-Sanomat, which have not apologized for their racist reporting of migrants like Somalis since the 1990s, and other media are quick to racialize gender-based violence.
Should we call this terrible act in Lahti a “crime of passion” since it involves a white man killing a black woman? If it were a Muslim killing his white Finnish wife, could it be called an “honor crime?”
Honor crime or crime of passion boil down to one matter: gender-based violence.
There is no “honor” or “passion” in killing women. It’s the same crime, and the killer is usually a man.