Instead of just being against racism why not take on the real culprit: structural racism in the Finnish police

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Thank you for the video but where is the black police officer, the Muslim police wearing hijab like in the UK? Does the Finnish police service reflect the cultural and ethnic mix of the communities they serve? The Finnish police service is big on gender equality but lags far behind in cultural diversity. 

The video below is a step in the right direction but in all truthfulness, it is only a band-aid for a serious problem in the police service and Finnish society.

The police have done little to nothing to ensure non-white Finns and visible migrants that they have changed their ways. There is no mea culpa about how to challenge structural racism as happened in the UK with the Macpherson report.

One of the main recommendations of that report was that it will encompass “any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.” The overwhelmingly white Finnish police won’t make that call.

A terrible example of the need of the latter is the brutal stabbing and attack of a Pakistani migrant in Vantaa on February 23. The police maintain that it wasn’t a hate crime while the victim disagrees. Without any tests, the police can decide if the attackers are racists or not.

In Finland, the victim of a hate crime has to prove that he was a victim of such a crime. This is wrong, and we should take on board recommendations in the Macpherson report that challenge structural racism in the police service.

Below are a few cases that have been a blow to confidence in the Finnish police when it comes to ethnic relations:

[1] 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.

* The first take of the story stated that it was the “most” serious threat to Finnish society. That was apparently changed in a new take of the story.

  1. intternetnetsi

    It wasnt secret group and there were few messages what could be seem racist, calling spade a spade like “trying to hang himself” as bad acting isnt one and that was most serious.

    And police doesnt decide if crime is racist, they do decide initial crime but its prosecutor who decides what crime is. This is only clearly racist crime prosecuted as such
    Hatred you spread is reason for that.

    Even case where people were assaulted because they were finns werent prosecuted as racist crime.

    And immigration from radical areas is security threat, as we saw first terrorist strike in finland. Its not kids who flee, its ISIS.

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