Racism

Police
Aug 1 '18 11:00

Police inspector Herbert Hoekerswever from Enschede must be prosecuted for unjustly arresting a fellow officer in 2016, the Arnhem-Leeuwarden court of appeal ruled. Hoekerswever himself asked to be prosecuted, Tubantia reports.

Stef Blok
Jul 24 '18 08:00

Over 200 officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a letter calling on Minister Stef Blok to increase diversity in the department. According to them, the Ministry is lagging behind with the acceptance of people with a bicultural background. They want to discuss promoting diversity with the Minister, NOS reports.

Stef Blok
Jul 20 '18 08:55

The government of Curacao released a statement distancing itself from statements Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs made about multicultural societies. The island's government "deeply regrets" the statements, because as foreign minister Blok also speaks on behalf of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The Surinamese government would like Blok to apologize for his statements.

Stef Blok
Jul 19 '18 07:42

Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs regrets that he offended people with during a private meeting with Dutch working at international organizations last week. "I did not choose my words well and I regret that", he said in response to the commotion his remarks caused, NOS reports. 

Stef_Blok_2015_(1)
Jul 18 '18 14:58

There are no peaceful multicultural societies and it is genetically determined that man can not connect with "unknown people", Minister Stef Blok (VVD) of Foreign Affairs said during a private meeting with Dutch who work for international organizations last week Tuesday, which current affairs program Zembla has footage of. 

Child reading in a book store
Jul 10 '18 15:20

Publisher Kluitman decided to remove children's book 'Suriname, here we come' from its stock due to accusations that the book's content is discriminatory or even racist. 

The book offers its young readers fun 'facts' about Suriname. But whether Surinamese people would consider these facts fun is another story. An Amsterdam resident spotted the book while in the library with her child and posted some photos on Facebook. Journalist Anna Krijger shared these on Twitter.

Apr 23 '18 08:42

Dutch Facebook users provide a remarkably large stream of posts containing hate, racism, an wishes for someone to get a disease like cancer. The number of such posts coming from southern European countries, for example, is much lower, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research.

The newspaper based its report on an anonymous interview with a Dutch man who worked for Facebook as moderator in Berlin last year, leaked emails, internal documents, and a colleague who supported his story. A Dutch team, which varies from five to eight people, works as Facebook moderators in Berlin.

Heineken
Mar 28 '18 14:10

Dutch beer giant Heineken decided to retract a commercial after Chance the Rapper called the campaign slogan "sometimes, lighter is better" racist.

"Although we find the commercial refers to our Heineken Light beer, we have missed the mark and we take the feedback to heart', Heineken said in a statement, RTL Nieuws reports. "We will take this into account n the development of our future campaigns."

Ugbaad Kilincci
Mar 23 '18 14:20

Ugbaad Kilincci, the PvdA candidate city councilor who faced various racist remarks while campaigning on Saturday, will have a seat in the Emmen city council. She received 1,007 preference votes in the municipal elections on Wednesday, RTV Drenthe reports.

Ugbaad Kilincci
Mar 19 '18 08:32

Ugbaad Kilincci, a PvdA candidate councilor in Emmen, was faced with racism while campaigning in the Drenthe town on Saturday. She was called, among other things, a "ragged-head moron", a "black monkey", and told to "go back to Africa", RTL Nieuws reports.

Yernaz Ramautarsing
Mar 5 '18 10:57

Yernaz Ramautarsing stepped down as candidate for nationalist party FvD in the Amsterdam municipal elections after a WhatsApp chat in which he supported the statement that gay rights made society dumber became public. He distanced himself from the statements in the WhatsApp chat and announced that he is stepping down in a statement on the FvD's website on Saturday.

Kasja Ollongren
Mar 1 '18 14:10

The Public Prosecutor will not prosecute Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs for slander and defamation. FvD leader Thierry Baudet  last month, but the Public Prosecutor determined that she committed no criminal offenses, the Prosecutor announced on Thursday.

Mark Rutte
Feb 8 '18 17:20

Deputy Prime Minister Kasja Ollongren did not cross a line in her statements about new nationalist party FvD, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a letter to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday, AD reports.

Gert-Jan Segers
Feb 7 '18 08:57

Ruling party ChristenUnie wants violence with a religious or racist motive to be punished more harshly, as is already the case for violence against public officials. "If you fulfill a public function in the public domain and are attacked, we believe you need extra protection. That must also apply here", said Gert-Jan Segers, leader of the Christian party, NOS reports.

Thierry Baudet
Feb 6 '18 09:44

New nationalist party FvD expelled two party members because they tried to seize power, Thierry Baudet's party said in a statement. The members involved are ex-senator Robert De Haze Winkelman and Betty Jo Wevers, both former members of ruling party VVD, ANP reports.

Thierry Baudet
Feb 5 '18 13:40

Thierry Baudet, leader of nationalist party FvD, pressed charges of defamation and slander against Deputy Prime Minister Kasja Ollongren after she accused him of involving race in the political debate last week. 

Flyer for anti-racism demonstration in Amsterdam on 18 March 2018
Jan 30 '18 11:20

The Amsterdam factions of left-wing parties PvdA and SP decided not to participate in the annual anti-racism demonstration in March. According to the parties, the purpose of this day is being overshadowed. Animal party PvdD also withdrew from the demonstration. And GroenLinks is considering withdrawing, according to Elsevier.

Children, diversity
Jan 25 '18 13:00

Dutch broadcaster NOS recently decided to stop using the Dutch word "blank" to describe white or Caucasian people, instead opting to call them "wit" or white in English. This decision resulted in an uproar on social media, and even parliamentary questions posed by right-wing populist party PVV.

Colloquially, the word “blanke” is an adjective that goes beyond “white” to give a connotation of “purity” or “untainted”.

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Jan 15 '18 10:15

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is facing criticism about client profiles that new employees have to learn. The profiles include a black woman with a child to represent clients who buy cheaper products, and a white man as a "Premium client". The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and a number of anti-discrimination organizations call the profiles stigmatizing and stereotypical, NOS reports.

Ulu Mosque in Utrecht
Jan 9 '18 07:45

The leader of the Utrecht faction of anti-Islam party PVV surprised many by suggesting he hoped that a prominent mosque in the city would go up in flames. The comments brought immediate condemnation from politicians of several parties in the area.

Henk van Deún represented the PVV during a political talk radio show on a local channel. He was joined by the leader of Turkish and multicultural party Denk, Mahmut Sungur, who commented that he wanted to see the city's Ulu Mosque be recognized as a proud local landmark.

Thierry Baudet
Dec 21 '17 08:56

FvD leader, and 2017's , Thierry Baudet raised eyebrows by meeting with American racist and nationalist Jared Taylor. Baudet and Taylor spoke for hours in the Amsterdams hotel in October, De Correspondent reported on Wednesday. Baudet acknowledged this meeting, saying that he wanted to delve into the ideas of the far-right American 'alt-right' movement, ANP reports. 

Sylvana Simons
Dec 20 '17 11:10

Politician Sylvana Simons is calling on advertisers to boycott RTL7 football show Voetbal Inside. In a Facebook post the Bij1 party leader calls the show homophobic, sexist and racist, NU.nl reports.

Verene Shepherd
Dec 14 '17 12:40

Verene Shepherd, a professor at the University of the West Indies and a former UN expert on people of African descent, still gets hate mail from the Netherlands four years after she criticized blackface Sinterklaas character Zwarte Piet. At one point she received up to 80 emails per day, riddled with hateful and racist remarks, the Jamaican professor revealed while giving a speech at a human rights conference in Jamaica on Sunday, Afro Magazine reports.

sign
Dec 13 '17 16:00

An email sent by a broker informing a Dutch-Moroccan couple that a home in Ter Aar they were interested in renting can only be rented by people of Dutch origin, again sparked a racism debate in the Netherlands. 

The couple went to look at the home in the Zuid-Holland town and decided they were interested, so they sent in all the documents the broker asked for. "The owner has chosen to only rent to people of Dutch descent. I am sorry to have to report this to you", read the email they received in response. One of the applicants posted a screenshot of the email on Facebook.

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