QUOTE OF THE DAY (Farhad Manjoo): White replacement fear-mongering are racist and misogynistic conspiracy theories

by , under Farhad Manjoo, Finland, Great Replacement, Islamophobia, Jani Mäkelä, Jussi Halla-aho, Jussi Hallla-aho, Laura Huhtasaari, Perussuomalaiset, racism, Riikka Purra

Parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS) in Finland eagerly talk about how one of Europe’s whitest country’s will be taken over by people of color and become minorities.

Writes Farhad Manjoo: “’The Great Replacement’ is a racist and misogynistic conspiracy theory that holds that white people face existential decline, even extinction, because of rising immigration in the West and falling birthrates among white women (caused, of course, by feminism).'”

Together with PS chairperson Jussi Halla-aho, vice-chairperson Riikka Purra is one of the most eager to spread racist and misogynistic conspiracy theories.

PS MP Jani Mäkelä is infamous for his off the wall comments. Here he tweets: “Replacement theory. Harmful immigration. Yes, I said those words and will say them again.”

Manjoon continues: “The white-extinction theory plays well online. It has found its greatest purchase among a certain type of basement-dwelling incel edgelord, to whom it offers both an explanation for self-pitying personal circumstance and a set of convenient antagonists (roughly, the blame falls on race-betraying, sexually empowered women; immigrants; and the Jews said to control the whole system).”

PS MEP Laura Huhtasaari contradicts herself in two tweets: “Just like that. I don’t consider the Perussuomalaiset racists.” And then tweets again: “The Perussuomalaiset are racists. What of it?”

So what is behind all this nonsense about the Great Replacement and spreading fear about whites becoming a minority? Manjoo puts it well: Racism and misogyny.

The far-right Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform has wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. 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.