Comment: Researcher Vesa Puronen is interviewed by Helsingin Sanomat and asked what is racism. It seems a bit odd that in a country like Finland too many of us do not yet know in 2011 what racism is.
Puronen says that to be critical of immigration policy doesn’t mean one is a racist. However, racism is a system whereby some people are treated differently in society due to their ethnic background.
The big mistake that bigots make in Finland is that they believe they can sell such a social ill as a “normal” state of our society. The truth is, and what will eventually come to light in this country more than ever, is that racism is a pathological state.
One group that is pushing this view is PS MP Jussi Halla-aho. Puronen states that his ideas are very similar to what the Nazis had of the Jews in the 1930s. The Jew of 2011 for some PS members is Islam.
A society that breeds on racist ideology cannot expect a rosy future. The Nazis tried it but it led to Germany’s and Europe’s near-total destruction. Similar racist policies were tried in the former Yugoslavia with disastrous results.
The only way racism can succeed and justify its existence is through violence and war.
We should take advantage of the moment since racism and bigotry have raised their head big time in Finland. I personally believe that one matter that people like Jussi Halla-aho and his followers never counted on is the mounting opposition and outrage to their views.
The message should be a clear one: Finland will not tolerate racism or hidden ideologies that support such views.
This country belongs to everyone and everyone should be treated equally.
Joskus ihmiset sanovat, etteivät ole rasisteja vaan maahanmuuttokriitikoita. Miten rasismi eroaa maahanmuuttokritiikistä?