Dutch cartoonist mocks both anti-Black racism and the Lampedusa tragedy in one comic strip

The November 20-edition of Dutch newspaper Metro featured a comic strip in which Dutch cartoonist Aimée de Jongh displays both her intellect and sense of ‘satire’ by comparing the crashing of a boat full of Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes) to the Lampedusa tragedy.

A frame-by-frame translation of the cartoon
1: “Sinterklaas, Sinterklaas*!” “What now, Piet?”
2: “An iceberg!!” “Yeah, right. Is this another one of your corny jokes?”
3: “Once again a boot with refugees capsizes near Lampedusa. The question now is: How did this happen?” 

The cartoon – background info
The Sinterklaas mentioned in the first frame is a Santa Claus-esque figure who, together with his Zwarte Pieten (an army of Black servants who’re all called Zwarte Piet and who’re portrayed by white people with blackface, afro wigs and Moorish outfits) brings presents to the kids in Holland. This Zwarte Piet-figure has faced opposition for more than 60 years but since October 2013 the displays of Dutch anti-Black racism have become extremely violent and gained more international attention than ever before. 

The Italian island of Lampedusa made worldwide headlines when on October 3 of this year, more than 360 people died when the “migrant boat” that was taking them from Libya to Italy sank not too far from the Lampedusan shore. 

Filing complaints/ demanding apologies
To join us in filing complaints against Aimée de Jongh and her tasteless
mocking of Black people, please use the following information:
The cartoonist: aimeedejongh@gmail.com
The cartoonist on Twitter: @aimeedejongh 
The newspaper: nieuwsredactie@metronieuws.nl
The newspaper on Twitter: @Metro
Hashtags: #Dutchracism

The picture of the cartoon has been circulating on several ‘Dutch’ FB pages. Camera phones capture the darnest things…


About Zeefuik

Zeefuik is an Amsterdam based writer and organizer whose work focuses on imagery, representation, anti-Black racism, (digital) archives and the undocumented members of the Black communities in the Netherlands.

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