RACISM IN THE NETHERLANDS

It’s that time of the year again

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

Black Piet is another representation of a well known way to portrait prejudices against black people, such as inferiority. He is both a servant and a child. A familiar image of the coloniser and the colonised.

“It’s a traditional kids festivity”

Sint Nicolaas en zijn Knecht (Saint Nicholas and his servant) by Jan Schenkman, 1850

“He’s not actually Black”

Black Pete’s costume explained by zwartepietisracisme.org

“Everybody loves him”

It starts with the disappointment that the magic was not real, and that the character they cherished may not have been as happy as they thought.

I write about my learnings and experience regarding race, female empowerment, representation and leadership.

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