Category Archives: Anti-Blackness

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.


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:
The cartoonist on Twitter: @aimeedejongh 
The newspaper:
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…