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Someone Blames Finland’s Success On Being ‘All White’ And Colonialist, Gets Shut Down With A History Lesson
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Someone Blames Finland’s Success On Being ‘All White’ And Colonialist, Gets Shut Down With A History Lesson

For a while now there has been a meme doing the rounds, extolling the virtues of the Finnish social model and asking: “Why Does Finland Have The Lowest Child Poverty In The World?” While some of the claims might be a little over-the-top (guaranteed jobs for under 25s, really?), and the upholding of Nordic countries as a kind of ‘utopia’ is a well-known political trope for certain people, there is a reason why Finland consistently scores at the very top of life quality indexes. And it’s not the weather!

When the meme appeared over on Tumblr, it ignited a heated but really interesting debate. Some Americans lamented the fact that even a minimum wage seems to be asking too much, and suggested that there is much to learn from countries like Finland, who look after the vulnerable in their society.
Someone else had a different take on things, however, and while the point about Finland being a monoculture holds some weight (some), others lacked historical knowledge and insight.

Enter a Finn, to come and correct a few erroneous points. Because while colonialism and oppression were tools of many European nations back in times past, a dark history that has helped to build much of the prosperity that they enjoy today, Finnish history is quite different.

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LittleMissPanda
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3 years ago

Can someone explain to me why is it so okay and acceptable and even encouraged to be racist against white people? No racism is okay. It doesn't matter who is it against. Racism is not cool. Period.

Richard Murray
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3 years ago

Because according to - mainly Americans - you can't be racist towards white people. They immediately shut down any conversation with that simple statement and ignore the huge amount of racism against white people.

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3 years ago

'Finnish him!' lol

Uwe Theiss
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3 years ago

Best reply! I didn't see it coming but never have I seen a better opportunity to say "fin(n)ish him"!

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Oathbraker
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3 years ago

I like how Americans are always yapping on about racism. Years ago I decided to try out for an american university and had to take a SAT test. Imagine my surprise when next to my name and the date I had to choose my race from white, Latin, African American and mixed. Never before for 12 years of school had a test asked me for my race. As on the topic of Russia's crimes against humanity- let's look at the Holodomor- in the '30s the communists stole Ukraine's grain directly leading to a famine that killed off millions of Ukrainians. Ukrainians who were predominantly white and had a similar culture.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
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3 years ago

@Oathbreaker so, 1) those questions are for population metrics only and are not actually part of the test, and 2) you're legally not required to fill them out, it won't have any affect on you whatsoever. What it does affect is government funding for wherever you live in the USA. 3) most US Americans think it's stupid too and want it gone.

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LittleMissPanda
Community Member
3 years ago

Can someone explain to me why is it so okay and acceptable and even encouraged to be racist against white people? No racism is okay. It doesn't matter who is it against. Racism is not cool. Period.

Richard Murray
Community Member
3 years ago

Because according to - mainly Americans - you can't be racist towards white people. They immediately shut down any conversation with that simple statement and ignore the huge amount of racism against white people.

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Community Member
3 years ago

'Finnish him!' lol

Uwe Theiss
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3 years ago

Best reply! I didn't see it coming but never have I seen a better opportunity to say "fin(n)ish him"!

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Oathbraker
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3 years ago

I like how Americans are always yapping on about racism. Years ago I decided to try out for an american university and had to take a SAT test. Imagine my surprise when next to my name and the date I had to choose my race from white, Latin, African American and mixed. Never before for 12 years of school had a test asked me for my race. As on the topic of Russia's crimes against humanity- let's look at the Holodomor- in the '30s the communists stole Ukraine's grain directly leading to a famine that killed off millions of Ukrainians. Ukrainians who were predominantly white and had a similar culture.

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
3 years ago

@Oathbreaker so, 1) those questions are for population metrics only and are not actually part of the test, and 2) you're legally not required to fill them out, it won't have any affect on you whatsoever. What it does affect is government funding for wherever you live in the USA. 3) most US Americans think it's stupid too and want it gone.

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