QUOTE OF THE DAY: Islamophobia and xenophobia are our pacts with evil

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The hate and fear of communism, especially to the end of World War 2, was the smoking gun that led to unimaginable crimes against humanity like the Holocaust. It also led to strange bedfellows alliances.

Thus the fear of communism gave you carte blanche to throw away your morals and even align yourself with evil. Even if some claim that the picture below with SS leader Heinrich Himmler and Finnish Marshall Karl Gustaf Mannerheim cordially about to drink a schnapps “is history,” it is nothing more than an example of how we threw our morals into the dustbin and aligned ourselves with evil.

Today, we are in the same predicament: If communism and anti-Semitism were the scapegoats that permitted us to make a pact with evil, Islamophobia and xenophobia are today the smoking guns.

On Friday, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. It was the first time that war criminals were brought before justice and tried for crimes against humanity.

Captain Gustave Mark Gilbert, the Army psychologist at the Nuremberg trials (1945-46), said that the Nazi war criminals on the dock had a common characteristic. “Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy,” he said.

Finland’s Islamophobic party, the PS, is a huge fan of Donald Trump and authoritarianism

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THE STORY WAS UPDATED

There is one clear message from the tweets and picture below with Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MPs Jussi Halla-aho, Mike Niikko, Vilhelm Junnila and Veikko Vallin: THEY LOVE TRUMP.

How could the PS fall for a man like outgoing US President Donald Trump who has no respect for the rule of law (unless it benefits him) and refuses the outcome of the election result he squarely lost?

Reporter Mehdi Hasan synthesizes to Ivanka Trump who outgoing US President Donald Trump is:

Should we be surprised that the PS is the only party in parliament openly supporting Trump and other autocrats in Hungary and Poland?

Not really considering that the PS is a similar type of party with little regard for democracy and human rights.

Ville Tavio is the head of the Perussuomalaiset parliamentary group. In the tweet above he shows his “love” for Poland’s de facto ruler Jarosław Kaczyński and Hungarian Prime Minister and strongman Viktor Orbán. Source: Twitter
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Language is key to changing the way we debate cultural diversity. It is a powerful weapon that xenophobes fear.

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Language and how people are labeled are some of the reasons why racism and anti-immigration politicians have exerted power on the national debate on our ever-growing cultural diversity. If we did away with these toxic terms, which label people as eternal outsiders, matters would change radically.

First and foremost in the debate, we should dispense with words that label and group people as outsiders. By labeling people as outsiders, like the term person with a foreign or migrant background,”

For this reason, we need a bold and innovative approach to how we perceive ourselves as a society and what Finnish identity is. That discussion must happen now.

With all the hate and hidden messages that portray and frame Others in our society, the debate would clean up pretty fast since we would change from referring to people as Finns or as one of us.

If our society is open and encourages equity, the langauge we use to label Others should reflect it.

Debate about youth crime by so-called “people of migrant background” is a good example why we need to use more inclusive language that respects difference.

So, what terms could we use when referring to non-white Finns? The labels they want us to use like AfroFinn, brown Finn, Somali Finn, etc. White Finns should stop placing unilateral ethnic categories on people of different backgrounds.

One way of changing the way we debate difference and cultural diversity is by not using terms that group people as outsiders.

Two PS Youth members convicted of ethnic agitation

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Former Perussuomalaiset (PA)* Youth deputy chairperson Toni Jalonen and Johannes Sipola, the former chairperson Johannes Sipola were sentenced by a Pirkanmaa District Court fines for ethnic agitation, according to YLE News.

Jalonen, who announced in February that he is “an ethnonationalist, traditionalist, and a fascist,” was slapped with a 50-day fine (300 euros) for ethnic agitation. Likewise, Sipola, who blamed the Christchurch, New Zealand killings of Muslims in March 2019 on multiculturalism, was given a 40-day fine (240 euros) for ethnic agitation.

The convictions came after images were published on social media. One of them had a picture of a black couple looking at their baby lovingly, with the text: “Vote for the Perussuomalaiset so that Finland’s future won’t look like this.”

The other racist ad was a picture of two women wearing niqabs with a warning: “Do you want our country to look like this? Don’t stay sleeping. Vote.”

The tweet and Facebook postings cost the PS Youth dearly. They first lost 115,000 euros of funding from the ministry of education and then saw their association dissolved.

Toni Jalonen living in his fascist alternate reality world.

Miksi paha leviää niin helposti?

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Pohjanmaalaiset kauppiaat saavat vuosikausia rauhassa levittää juutalaisvihaa. He saavat kunnan ja kauppakamarin huomionosoituksia ja heitä juhlitaan kunniakansalaisina, koska he tekevät paljon rahaa ja tuovat kuntaan veroeuroja.

Natsituotteiden kauppaajat palkitaan vientipalkinnoilla ja kutsutaan itsenäisyyspäivänä linnan juhliin, koska heillä on niin onnistunut konsepti.

Pahan levittäminen onnistuu monella tavalla rahan varjossa. Menestyneillä yrittäjillä on paljon tuttavia, jotka mielellään viittaavat kintaalla pienille tahroille ystävänsä julkisuuskuvassa, ”kun se muuten on niin hyvä tyyppi”. Hyvä natsityypit saavat vaalirahoituksensa yritysmaailmasta. Hyvä veli -järjestelmä pitää yllä myös pedofiilirinkejä.

Muukalaisvihaa levittävät poliitikot pääsevät usein ns. vastuullisessa mediassa julkisuuteen ja vuodesta toiseen yhä paremmassa valossa. Kaupallinen yhteisö, kauppakamarit ja herraklubit lienevät huomanneet, että taustalla liikkuu iso raha. Media taas kerää klikkauksia ja niiden myötä mainostuloja – ja omia palkkojaan. Moraalilla tai eettisesti hyvällä toimittamisella ei silloin ole merkitystä.

Tällaiseen ajattelutapaan sopii hyvin myös se, että ulkomaalaiset rikoksentekijät tuomitaan suuriäänisesti ja heidät ollaan heti lahtaamassa tai vähintään poistamassa maasta. He tai heidän vanhempansa eivät ole kenenkään liikekumppaneita. Heillä on väärä ulkomuoto ja ihonväri, heitä ja heikäläisiä kohtaan sopii kiinnittää kielteistä huomiota.

Omista rikollisista toki pidetään huolta, rikosten teko johtuu omien kohdalla vain huonosta tuurista.

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Tällä menolla ei kestä kauankaan, kun suurimmat pelkomme jälleen toteutuvat.

Iloinen itsenäisyyspäivä kaikille Suomen kansalaisille

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Nyt kun itsenäisyyspäivän juhlaa vietetään vähän eri tavalla ja tasavallan presidentin kanslia on julistanut, että itsenäisyyspäivää viettää koko Suomi yhdessä, voisiko se tarkoittaa myös sitä, että uudet kansalaiset huomioitaisiin jotenkin juuri itsenäisyyspäivänä? Meillä ei Suomessa ole kansalaisuuden saamisen yhteydessä mitään erityisiä juhlallisuuksia. Itsenäisyyspäivä olisi hyvä päivä kerran vuodessa juhlistaa myös uusia suomalaisia.

Presidentti Niinistö piti tänään itsenäisyyspäivän juhlan järjestelyistä puheen, josta hän nosti Twitterissä esiin lauseen: “Poikkeuksellisissa oloissa voimme välittää tunnelmaa, jota kuvaisin sanoilla katsotaan Suomea silmiin. Kokea kansakunnan ainutlaatuinen menestystarina ja tunnistaa ne vahvuudet, joilla kaikki vaikeudet on voitettu ja tullaan voittamaan.”

Tämä olisi mielestäni hyvä sanoma myös pakolaisina maahan saapuneille ja nyt kansalaisuuden saaneille henkilöille. Voisimme television välityksellä katsoa myös heitä silmiin. Monet meistä ovat todella iloisia siitä, että he ovat päässeet elämässään uuteen alkuun ja että he ovat tulleet juuri meidän maahamme turvaa hakemaan.

Maahanmuuttovirasto kertoi tällä viikolla iloisen uutisen, että v. 2015 syksyllä Suomeen saapuneet, kansainvälistä suojelua saaneet turvapaikanhakijat hakevat nyt runsaasti kansalaisuutta. Vaikeuksien kautta he ovat saavuttaneet voiton, johon kaikki eivät pysty: selvinneet raskaasta pakomatkasta ja monesti vähän tylystä kohtelussa uudessa, vieraassa asuinpaikassa. Kaiken menettäneinä ja traumatisoituina he ovat pystyneet nousemaan, opiskelemaan, hankkimaan elannon itselleen ja kenties myös perheelle. Heillä ja Suomella on syytä juhlaan.

Presidentti Niinistö kertoi myös, että tänä vuonna on tarkoitus perinteiden vaalimisen lisäksi tuoda esiin myös nuorten mielipiteitä. Uusista suomalaisista todella moni on Irakista lähtöisin oleva nuori mies. Myös Somaliasta on tullut turvapaikahakijoina paljon nuoria. Heille kaikille soisi sen, että heidätkin huomioidaan ja heidän mielipiteensä ovat yhtä tärkeitä, kuin muidenkin kansalaisten. He ovat meidän nuoriamme ja heillä on samat oikeudet ja velvollisuudet, kuin muillakin.

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Me olemme usein kohdelleet muualta muuttaneita vähän toissijaisina suomalaisina. On aika ottaa heidät mukaan myös yhteisiin juhliin, myös niihin, joiden perinteenä on sotiemme muistelu ja kiitollisuus veteraaneille. Toivoisi, että tämä voisi tapahtua jo Niinistön ollessa Suomen presidenttinä.

Exposing white Finnish privilege #75: Obsession with race, ethnicity, and us versus them

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If we want to give a massive blow to racism in Finland and parties that promote this social ill, we need to change the language we use when speaking of all those that live here. One label that I have always disliked is “person with migrant or foreign background.”

What does it mean and why is it used?

In many respects, it is a hostile term whose main purpose is to exclude and distinguish people who are so-called “real” Finns and those who are not. How can a person with a foreign background, even if he or she was born here, compete if you are from nowhere?

It’s encouraging that Green League politicians like Maria Ohisalo, the minister of the interior, brought this up in a session of parliament. In an interview, she reiterated her message: “Many youths have asked me how long them must be a person of migrant origin before they can be Finnish citizens.”

Placing people in such categories offers racist amunition. Racist and Islamophobic politicians from parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* have a narrative to protect.

Fortunately, there are people who are challenging these racist categories. AfroFinns, brown Finns and any other types of Finns come to mind.

FINNISH WHITE PRIVILEGE #75

If we want to give racism a blow, we need to change the language we use when speaking of Other cultural and ethnic groups in Finland.

The labels and langauge we use must inspire inclusion, not exclusion.

Even if Finland is a highly racialized country with some circles obsessed by its whiteness, I am confident that this will change in time and that classifictions used by Statistics Finland will become history.

Statistics Finland has some doozies for ethnic classification like (a) person of Finnish origin born in Finland; (b) person of Finnis origin born abroad; (c) person of foreign background born abroad; (d) person of foreign background born in Finland; (e) unknown.

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Sensational stories about youth crime by brown Finns: Tom Packalén in 2014, Lari Malmberg in 2020

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What does Lari Malmgerg’s story on youth crime remind us of? In 2014, Perussuomalaiset (PS)* Tom Packalén wrote a similar story about how brown Finns were terrorizing white Finns in East Helsinki.

At the end of the day, Packalén could not prove his claims, and the whole issue was forgotten even if he succeeded at labeling and reinforcing prejudices about brown Finns.

Wrote Packalén in Uusi Suomi: “The youngest member of the gang is 10 years old. Publically about 70 have been abused [by these gangs]. After twenty years as a police officer, I believe that the real number of attacks and robberies are many times bigger [than officially cited].”

THE COLUMN BELOW IS UNSUBSTANTUIATED AND MISLEADING

Read the original story (in Finnish) here. WARNING: THE COLUMN IS UNSUBSTANTIATED AND MISLEADING.

Six years later, Malmberg’s headline in Helsingin Sanomissa reads: “Over one hundred possibly dangerous youths with migrant backgrounds roam about downtown Helsinki – according to experts, this is a new migrant phenomenon.”

What do these two stories have in common? They are both incomplete and based on personal opinion.

Even if Packalén and lately Malmberg labeled in a hostile manner so-called “youths of migrant background,” Police Commissioner Jari Taponen shot down what the reporter claimed.

Writes Yle: “According to Taponen, suspects apprehended by the police come from broken homes. The media have labeled them as persons of migrant origin. Even so, the police emphasize that all of them were born in Finland. Part of them have parents who are of foreign origin.”

While it is a positive sign that the police refutes with facts the careless and even judgemental writing of some reporters, the damage caused by Malmberg’s was done. Prejudices have been reinforced, and the story is still out there, even if it has been proven as false and misleading.

Malmberg claims that the fuss his article raised was that we have problems debating a difficult topic like cultural diversity. He also states that the media must bring these types of topics to the public light.

True, but I would not want Malmberg to lead the discussion.

The column he wrote, sounds more like a flimsy excuse for publishing an opinionated and poorly researched story.

Malmberg revealed in the same column two days later how the original story should have been read.

  • He stated that the story did not imply that all youths with migrant backgrounds, or brown Finns, are criminals;
  • Such youths are not in special danger of becoming criminals;
  • Even if some youths break the law, it does not mean that the absolute number of crimes has grown;
  • Youth crime in Helsinki has gone down;
  • Finland is not in danger of having the same problems as Sweden with migrants;
  • A very small number of these groups appear to act aggressively.

Which groups did Malmberg’s story serve?

The answer is clear: It gave ammunition to populists, their xenophobic narrative, and reinforced our prejudices.