Defining white Finnish privilege #15: Case Halla-aho and the PS

by , under Enrique Tessieri

It’s clear that the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* are trying to regain their balance as their popularity in the polls continues to plummet. This week MEP Jussi Halla-aho, who was sentenced for ethnic agitation, tells his party that a tougher stand on immigration is needed to regain voter confidence. 

“It would be good that the party leadership understands that one of the central pillars of our support hinges on our critical view of immigration,” he was quoted as saying on Kaleva. “This is not a marginal issue for voters.”

A marginal issue?! Would it be ok for me to be sexist and paint all women with a single brush because some voters agree with my prejudices?

That is Halla-aho’s reasoning for his xenophobic attacks on migrants and minorities in this country. He doesn’t care if what he thinks is true or an exaggeration as long as it attracts votes.


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Thanks to Finnish white privilege, Halla-aho and the PS can declare war on migrants in Finland. If a Muslim or a migrant made a similar statement about white Finns, he’d be lynched on social media chat sites and platforms.

Migrants and their families who live in this country have every right to respect, equality before the law and security. Halla-aho and the national media erode and make Finland a hostile place for migrants and minorities.

In which way do Halla-aho’s statements and the media, which regurgitate them, foster respect for those who live in Finland and aren’t white Finns? Hostility breeds hostility.

Definition #15

When you have white Finnish privilege, you are permitted to declare war on groups like migrants and minorities. They are only foreigners and therefore it’s perfectly acceptable.

Moreover, the media continues to classify hostile statements by politicians like Halla-aho as someone who is only “critical” of immigration. In our book, this type of language should be labelled as xenophobic and outright racist.

A get-tough stance by Finland’s third-largest party in parliament should not only be seen as a declaration of war against migrants and minorities but against everything that our Nordic welfare state should stand for.

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The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.