Defining white Finnish privilege #26: Are you an ethnic Finn?

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Have you ever thought why the term kantasuomalainen, or “ethnic Finn,” has become a common word among white Finns. Why is this term used today and why wasn’t it used before?

What those the word “ethnic Finn” relay to those who are migrants and minorities?

If the term “ethnic Finn” has become more common why are migrants and minorities still referred to by ethnic Finns as “person with foreign background?” Moreover, we should ask if the term “ethnic Finn” pitted against “person with foreign background” promotes social equality.

In my opinion, it does just the opposite. The term, which shows that the majority needs a term that distinguishes them from Others, emphasizes “us” and “them” in Finland.

Definition #26

The term ethnic Finn is a good example of how white Finnish privilege exists and manifests itself in this country.

While people define who they are such ethnic labels shouldn’t serve to discriminate and exclude others from being treated as equal members of society.

It’s unfortunate that the role of the word is to do just that: define “us” versus “them,” entitlement or white Finnish privilege.

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