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RACE AND WORK

Things to consider when deciding whether and what to reveal of yourself at work

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Bringing your whole self to work is about owning your story, also in the workplace. I find it interesting when organisations encourage their employees to bring their whole selves to work. I wonder if they know what exactly they are asking, and whether they are ready for it. In the…

RACE AND MONEY

It wasn’t an easy journey.

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Today I’m celebrating my first year of (financial) freedom. The moment that I finally got to feel, and to be, a part of the middle class. This is my life’s greatest achievement so far. You see, where I come from it takes eleven generations (that is, eleven lifetimes) for a…

RACE AND CASTE

When we talk about ‘race’ we actually mean taught social rules and stereotypes linked to physical features. Not physical features only.

Race is a social construct. If you have been paying attention, you should know by now that genetic differences based on what part of the world your ancestry comes from exist. However, the social rules derived from the way you look and where you come from, which assign you a…

RACISM IN THE NETHERLANDS

Are cultural traditions more important than dismantling harmful racist practices and symbols?

The month of November is a very special time in the Netherlands. It’s the moment of the year in which Sinterklaas, Saint Nicholas in English, arrives in the country and brings presents and sweets to kids. It is a magical moment for Dutch families and children because throughout generations they…

RACE AND FEMINISM

Not all women are white and not all Black people are men.

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States. A historical moment, only that it is not totally accurate. It is the 100th anniversary of white women’s right to vote. Black women in the US were only able to vote when the Voting Right…

RACE AND STORYTELLING

Magical Negroes only purpose is to help and assist the White hero

Mekhi Pfiffer (left) plays Future in ‘8 Mile (2002)’. He is called an ‘Uncle Tom’ by Eminem (B. Rabbit) in the movie.

Movies telling Black stories have been gaining more attention. ‘12 Years a Slave (2013)’, ‘Moonlight (2016)’, and the controversial ‘Green Book (2018)’ went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture in their respective years. This is certainly an increase in representation in comparison to the null amount of Black…

It’s more than hair and beauty, it’s about identity

I have been torturing my hair and skull for the last eighteen years. Every week my hair routine consisted of a full day of hair creams followed by an hour of applying heat with a hair dryer and half hour of hair iron. …

THE BLACK FEMALE TROPE VOL. III

This article is the third, and last, in the series of ‘The Black Female Trope’. In this series, I reflect on the three stereotypes Black women have historically been reduced to: Mammy, Jezebel, and Sapphire. The series is inspired by the research of Melissa V. Harris-Perry and her book Sister Citizen. Find the first article here, and the second one here.

Ebony, the code word for Black in porn sites, was the second most searched phrase in the United States according to the site PornHub in 2018. Porn categories “latina”, “ebony”, and “interracial” were viewed significantly more often in the US than in the rest of the world. That same year…

THE BLACK FEMALE TROPE VOL. II

This article is the second in the series of ‘The Black Female Trope’. In this series, I reflect on the three stereotypes Black women have historically been reduced to: Mammy, Jezebel, and Sapphire. The series is inspired by the research of Melissa V. Harris-Perry and her book Sister Citizen. Find the first article here.

Strong is one of the most common words used to describe Black women. Another word used to describe them: angry. But there is more behind those two simple adjectives that have now been upgraded to stereotypes used to describe Black women. ‘Strong’ and ‘angry’ are loaded words when they are…

THE BLACK FEMALE TROPE VOL. I

This article is the first one of ‘The Black Female Trope’ series. In this series, I reflect on the three stereotypes Black women have historically been reduced to: Mammy, Jezebel, and Sapphire. The series is inspired by the research of Melissa V. Harris-Perry and her book Sister Citizen.

Malcolm X once said, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman”. Research shows that he was right. Not only in the United States, African descendent women in…

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