If there is anything positive to write about the Pekka ja Pätkä movies shown this month that use of blackface characters, the n-word and depict blacks and Amerindians as happy-go-lucky buffoons, it’s the outrage that at least one caused.
Contrary to 2014, when YLE aired Pekka ja Pätkä n-word (1960), the new showing of the movie with blackface actors has raised quite a storm on social media and was reported by MTV, tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, and HBL.
I read with surprise from Anna Pöysä’s Mafalala blog that YLE will air tomorrow Pekka ja Pätkä nekereinä (1960), which is a racist movie with blackface actors. That was one big surprise but the biggest one of them all happened on September 6 when Pekka ja Pätkä acted in their most racist movie ever called Ketjukolari (1957).
Ever since I moved to Finland thirty years ago, I have watched how immigration officials and their planners have attempted to deal with foreigners. When I came to Finland in the late- 1970s, there were so few outsiders living in the country that some sociologists like Heikki Waris claimed that there was no racism as…