Black skin, white media – In a rush to ‘get over’ the 1994 Rwandan genocide?

On Thursday April 3, 2014 Dutch newspaper NRC gathered the gall to imply that Rwanda was ‘running behind on schedule’ with regards to ‘coping’ with the 1994 mass slaughtering that robbed 700.000 Tutsi and 100.000 Hutu of their lives. With their “Twenty years later Rwanda hasn’t coped with the genocide yet”-headline the newspaper plays more than its part in illustrating that in Holland’s ghostwhite media landscape there’s no room for Black suffering. The country’s national lack of interest in Africa (‘Country, clan or continent?’) even allows relevance to trump a logic based on chronology. ‘Cause if after 53 years the Netherlands “still” annually commemorates the Dutch casualties of World War II on May 4, where the hell did NRC drag their ‘hasn’t it been a while?’-suggestion from?

Click here for NRC’s piece (written in Dutch). To join the conversation, please use the comment box below their article or mention @nrc on Twitter.


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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