Exposing white Finnish privilege #46: Teuvo Hakkarainen = white racism and sexism

by , under Enrique Tessieri

 Disgraced Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, an Islamophobic politician convicted of ethnic agitation, got off with a light slap on the hand from the PS for forcing a fellow MP to kiss him while drunk. But that’s not all. We now know that Hakkarainen grabbed another woman MP by the hair a year ago while drunk. 

The hair-pulling incident with Christian Democrat MP Päivi Räsänen was kept under wraps and apparently only known to a few like the speaker of parliament Maria Lohela and Sampo Terho, the former PS parliamentary group leader.

Another former Social Democrat MP, Mikael Junger, told the media this week that Hakkarainen had tried to kiss him without his consent at a party.

How is it possible that a white MP can get away with such aggressive behavior that includes drunkenness and sexual harassment in parliament?

Imagine in London if an MP would have acted like Hakkarainen at the House of Commons? Imagine if a Muslim had done what Hakkarainen did in public?Imagine what kind of a lynching we’d see on social media and in print media?


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White Finnish privilege #46

What happened Thursday and the action that the PS took to reprimand Hakkarainen speak volumes about who has privilege in this country.

These last two incidents that came to light about Hakkarainen aren’t the first. Since 2011 we’ve seen the MP from Viitasaari drunk on many occasions and spread Islamophobic, racist, homophobic and sexist comments. Remember when he sent a picture of his phallus on his work phone paid by taxpayers?

The PS and Blue Reform have been a bad deal for Finland. All they have accomplished is polarize the country, scapegoat migrants, and make parliament look like a joke where drunkards, fascists, and racists can find a home.

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After the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity. One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic.

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.