Bantoedreef, Utrecht, June 2015 (Photo: Google Streetview) - Credit: Bantoedreef, Utrecht, June 2015 (Photo: Google Streetview)
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 13:30
Outdated “Negro People” street sign to come down
The municipality of Utrecht is removing the street sign for Bantoedreef in Overvecht as quickly as possible because it describes the Bantu people as "Afrikaans negervolk", which translates to "African Negro people". In colonial times the word "volk" could also be translated to "tribe". This follows a local resident sending a photo of the sign to local news site Duic.nl. The resident describes it as "a caption the district should already have been ashamed of 70 years ago." Municipality spokesperson Maud Bredero told the site that the sign will be removed as soon as possible. "This is indeed an old sign. Well noticed and raised by the alert local resident. I have submitted it to the department of urban development, where they immediately ordered that the board be replaced as soon as possible.