How would you feel if a total stranger approached you in public and started to insult you in public? Has it ever happened to you? When something like that happens you feel that you’ve been violated and torn into little shreds.
Those who still claim that there are only isolated cases of racism in Finland should watch this video recorded by a Kenyan woman and published in tabloid Iltalehti. One should ask why was this only published in a tabloid. Why wasn’t it published in Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest circulation daily?
One of the incredible assumptions that the racist woman makes is that she believes the Kenyan, who is a nurse, lives off welfare. Of all the African groups, Kenyans are probably the best integrated in Finland. Unemployment in this national group is only a few percentage points higher than the national average, or at 12.36%, according to the latest 2013 official figures.
When I watched the video my blood started to boil and I thought about all the opportunist racist politicians and those who turn a blind eye.
Those people have issues with cultural diversity have received a lot of encouragement for years from racist politicians mainly belonging to the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party as well as others that watch silently.
Silence is a political decision.
Here’s what racist harassment is like in today’s Finland:
Racist woman: “You little bit respect, please.”
Kenyan woman: “I’m a nurse.”
Racist woman: “You’re a f***ing African woman. You are nothing. You are zero. You are not human in my eyes.”
Read full story in Finnish here.
Racist woman: ” You know what happen in our country? Why are come racist in our country?
We are in trouble because of black peoples. It’s reality. And be ready. This country will be big racist one day. Also I*m not before but I became racist. What I see..no respect, no anything. Just try to live good here, work don’t use our social please.”
Kenyan woman: “I’m a nurse. By profession I treat people in the hospital.”
Racist woman: “Then go to work.”
Kenyan woman: “Why are you talking to me`What did I do to you?
Racist woman: “Because you are black. This country will be like that. Because you are black, and I’m white.”
Kenyan woman: “Thank you.”
Racist woman: “You are welcome but not in my country.”
*The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.