This campaign, No hate Speech Movement, is long overdue and in great need. It’s a good matter that we are waking up to this menace even if politicians shamelessly play it down. The reason why hate speech exists is because we permit it. In Finland we have politicians who have been sentenced for hate speech. Some of them are Perussuomalaiset (PS) MP Jussi Halla-aho, James Hirvisaari, Kotka city councilman Freddy Van Wonterghem and others.
Hate speech has reached such epidemic proportions that their representatives sit in parliament and in city councils throughout the country.
If I were on television with some of these characters, I’d demand an apology for their insults and for promoting hate towards good people who live in this country. Understanding that this will not happen, I’d take the advice of a friend and tell them before leaving the show: “You are ugly and you smell. Look it up on Google.”
Another important way to challenge hate speech is to be part in this important campaign. I’d learn what is hate speech and vow never to remain silent again.
Here’s the official video: