Any sensible person condemns what happened on Monday, when a woman was gang raped by a group of teenagers in the northern Helsinki neighborhood of Tapanila. Some voices, notably the most anti-immigration voices, are demanding an apology from the Somali community. One Somali woman, Ujuni Ahmed, apologized on behalf of the whole community on Helsingin Sanomat today while another one, Abdirahim Husu Hussein, refused to so in a recent blog entry.
While both Ahmed and Hussein have their reasons, and both are fine and acceptable, it’s incredible how we fall into the same trap over and over again when a minority commits a crime.
Sally Kohn, in a tweet below, sums is up perfectly.
Kohn’s tweet in a Finnish context would read:
Somali rapist = entire community guilty (plus majority of the migrant community)
Migrant rapist = all migrants guilty
White Finnish rapist = mentally troubled, lone wolf.
Exacerbating the problem is the xenophobic and anti-immigration climate in Finland, which doesn’t permit a sensible debate on our ever-growing culturally diverse society.
How can we debate and resolve anything if one group is trying to prove that the others are criminals and rapists?
Maybe this is the core problem: The grand majority of rapes in Finland are committed by white Finns, or specifically by men. This is unacceptable.
There is no difference between a migrant rapist or a white Finnish rapists because the crime committed by both groups is equally horrendous.