What should scare you to death is the government dictating to you what is, and isn’t, ”correct speech”.
And increasingly, the government uses the word racism incoherently, like: Ikä rasisimi (age discrimination). Age is no more a race than Islam is, yet they’ll use the word racism in conjunction with anti-Islam criticism.
Education and Culture Minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen will take the lead in a programme aimed at combating and preventing hate speech and racism.
The 10-point programme will involve measures such as training for teaching professionals, youth outreach and inter-faith dialogue.
“Hate speech and racism are absolutely things we should condemn. No one should have to live in an environment in which people openly deny others an equal place as a member of society. The mood in Finland has changed and that demands work,” Grahn-Laasonen said in a ministry release.
The programme will also involve emphasising media criticism as part of education and teaching. Municipal youth outreach programmes will also receive specialised assistance for the project, in a bid to prevent hate speech and promote equality.
The Ministry of Education and Culture will also fund education programmes to help young people learn to recognise and prevent racism and hate speech and to intervene in related incidents.
“Teaching professionals will especially be trained to engage in difficult discussions on issues such as hate speech, racist behaviour and signs of radicalisation,” the statement said.