Posts Tagged: social equality

Exposing white Finnish privilege #89: Those white saviors are the worst racists

White saviors come in many sizes and shapes. Whatever shape and size, they stunt equality for one simple reason: The white savior is on top handing out his harmful empathy to minorities. How can I claim that white saviors aren’t well-intentioned people? From personal experience. While racism and discrimination are constant variables that rob people

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When will Finland have a black or gay prime minister?

The hostility that Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s government has faced is a good example of the misogyny that still exists in Finland. While Finland has made important strides in gender equality, women still make, on average, 20% less than men. Even if women in Finland became the first to have the right to vote in

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Say it loud and clear if you have the opportunity

At a European Network Against Racism (ENAR) general assembly in Brussels in 2014, I met an activist from Austria who runs Radio and TV Afrika in Vienna. Alexis Neuberg said something at the meeting that I have always kept close to my heart: “If you have the opportunity to be near power don’t censor yourself. Use that opportunity

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In Finland the enemy is within and in the structures, not outside threatening us

If I had to choose who discriminates and defends structural racism in Finland, I’d come to the following conclusion: Many of those who claim to be for social equality are the worst enemies of our culturally and ethnically diverse community. Their silence is one matter that exposes them but also their defensive stands whenever they feel threatened.  

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Exposing racism in Finland: Expectations versus reality of the practical nurse student

Migrant Tales recently published a story about how racism and discrimination occur at a large Helsinki company that hires practical nurses. One of the biggest challenges to tackle racism and discrimination is to acknowledge it. Denial of such social ills is the best cover that racism and discrimination have to maintain the toxic status quo.

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President Niinstö and Prime Minister Juha Sipilä believe that dual nationals pose threat to Finland’s national security

The debate on dual citizenship in Finland became headline news again on Thursday when President Sauli Niinistö was quoted as saying on YLE News that dual nationals could pose a security threat to the country. On Friday, YLE published a poll where 66% of the respondents agreed that dual nationals shouldn’t be hired to work for the defense forces and foreign ministry.

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Racism Review: Debunking white supremacy

The United States has always been a white supremacy that masquerades as a democracy. For white racists those are fighting words. How dare anyone cast aspersions on the motives of America’s founding fathers? For shame.

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Healthy advice: Don’t flirt with racism, include don’t exclude, involve and we’ll learn to live together

One of the matters one learns after answering thousands of comments on Migrant Tales and posting near daily on this humble site is the language and arguments used by anti-immigration groups, which are openly against a Finland that is international, multicultural and open.  By multicultural I mean treating everyone in this country, irrespective of their background, with

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Finland’s future recipe for success is based on social equality, mutual acceptance, respect and equal opportunities

Why would any political party seriously care about immigrants and their children if these newcomers form part of a fragmented group that has little political and economic power? Should they be concerned about high unemployment and ever-growing social inequality among such groups in Finland?  Our success story as a society was never based on social

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"Real" Finns were, are and will be culturally diverse Finns

People who think that only white Finns are “real” Finns are, in my opinion, seriously mistaken. They represent a modern segregated view of society we saw in the United States before the 1960s and in worst cases in South Africa before 1994. The “Only Whites” sign isn’t posted on doors these days but shines constantly in their minds.

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CEO Whalroos claims the social welfare system marginalizes Finns

Björn Wahlroos, chairman of the board of banks Sampo Group, Nordea and forest group UPM-Kymnmene, was quoted on Sunday’s Helsingin Sanomat as stating that the present social welfare state system is the main culprit for marginalizing Finns. He said that outgoing President Tarja Halonen had put a dent in the credibility of the executive branch by polarizing Finnish society.

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Finns vote today for their next president

While the biggest victor of today’s presidential election in Finland is democracy, I cannot help but look way past the awaiting fanfare of Sunday evening , when we’ll be hearing the victory speech of either Pekka Haavisto of the Green Party or Kokoomus’ Sauli Niinistö.

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The Migrant Tales Manifesto (for Finland and Europe)

Thanks to the growing number of supporters, Migrant Tales has become that “voice for those whose views and situation are understood poorly and heard faintly by the media, politicians and public.” During these past years we have read and debated many points of views and have complied them on a list below.

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Uncovering the tree of hatred

If we could draw a tree that bares these fruits of hatred how would it look like? Would our surprise be to discover that it’s the same-looking tree that continues to cast its shadow on all of our societies for centuries? It still stands mighty and tall because we continue to feed and protect it.

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