By Enrique Tessieri
What does Finnish white privilege mean? Does it mean controlling almost all political, economic and social power in Finland? How do we address the issue?
One matter is certain: immigrants and visible minorities in Finland will never be able to challenge such a social ill by themselves. White Finns, Finns with international backgrounds, minorities and immigrants must unite and challenge racism and exclusion that threaten our society more than ever today.
Racism Review writes about such a campaign launched in the United States: “The focus of the campaign is very clearly on white people and this makes sense given the demographics of the region where the campaign is posting billboards. The Twin Ports (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI) is a predominantly white community (89%).”
Sounds like a place in Finland.
“When race becomes a problem for anybody that is in our community it’s out problem,” says Don Nass, Twin Ports mayor. “We have a role in addressing it.”
Martin Éric asked about the Russian community in Finland, which faces a lot of discrimination in this country. A good point. We have visible and invisible minorities that face prejudice in this country.
Could we start with a poster as the one above and publish it everywhere possible? Not interested?
If you still are uncertain about launching such a campaign, we must try harder and come up with a better campaign idea that will awaken and mobilize people to act.
The message of the campaign is simple: We are against racism in Finland. Integration through acceptance, respect and equal opportunities will not only strengthen our society but cost less to tax payers.