Racism

Sinterklaas
Nov 21 '17 08:13

A last-minute demonstration ban implemented for the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum this past Saturday had to do with information that protesters planned to use heavy fireworks, Mayor Marga Waanders of Dongeradeel - which covers Dokkum - said in a statement. The statement did not say whether it was pro-Zwarte Piet or anti-Zwarte Piet protesters who had fireworks, AD reports. 

"Based on this information, the triangle [police, Prosecutor and mayor] was advised to ban the demonstration, because the safety of all people could no longer be guaranteed", Waanders said. 

Kick Out Zwarte Piet blocked from protesting racism in Friesland Netherlands on Sinterklaas
Nov 20 '17 16:00

Over 36 thousand euros was raised in under two days in an action launched to cover any possible fines imposed on people who to stop three buses carrying Kick Out Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching Dokkum on Saturday.

Raymond Knops
Nov 20 '17 07:39

People protesting for keeping Zwarte Piet in blackface makeup, also have to comply with the law, State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said in WNL on Sunday. He was referring to a group of people blocking anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the Sinterklaas parade in Dokkum on Saturday, where they had permission to protest against racism.

"I understand the emotions on this subject, but I cannot approve of people stopping everything on a highway," Knops said. "Everyone must abide by the law, including these people."

Kick Out Zwarte Piet blocked from protesting racism in Friesland Netherlands on Sinterklaas
Nov 18 '17 14:58

Buses filled with Zwarte Piet protestors were stopped by a group of about 35 white people stationed on the A7 highway outside Heerenveen, Friesland on Saturday. The protesters were on their way to the official Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum about 50 kilometers away, where t to march against the character.

Sinterklaas
Nov 15 '17 14:00

Dokkum is getting ready for Sinterklaas' national arrival on Saturday, including putting up decorations and preparing for an anti-Zwarte Piet protest. The municipality of Dongeradeel, which includes Dokkum, gave Kick Out Zwarte Piet permission to protest, but is still working out the exact conditions and arrangements, a spokesperson said to Het Parool.

Kick Out Zwarte Piet announced their protest on Facebook. The protest will be preceded by a "March for Civilization", according to the group.

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Source: Wikimedia/Jan Arkesteijn)
Nov 15 '17 11:20

Blackface Zwarte Piet will disappear from Rotterdam's Sinterklaas celebrations. Snic, the organization of the Sinterklaas Parade in the city, discussed the controversial character and how to modernize the children's party with Platform Rutu, which represents various African communities in Rotterdam. They decided to remove any reference to black or other possibly offensive stereotypes, including the word 'Zwarte' from Piet's name, RTV Rijnmond reports.

Firefighters' gear
Nov 6 '17 08:13

A firefighter in the Amsterdam-Amstelland fire department was suspended for making racist comments to a colleague, a spokesperson for the fire department confirmed to the Telegraaf on Sunday.

The suspended firefighter is employed as a commander in the fire department. The spokesperson could give no further information about the firefighter or the investigation against him.

Sinterklaas_portrait
Nov 2 '17 10:11

For the first time in years, Sinterklaas' national arrival may happen without any protests for or against controversial character Zwarte Piet. The on November 18th. By Wednesday night the municipality of Dongeradeel, which covers Dokkum, received no applications for demonstrations, AD reports.

Radio 538
Oct 27 '17 16:55

A casting call for Dutch radio station Radio 538's upcoming Winter Olympics coverage has caused anger among many members of the Dutch-Asian community. The job posting is seen by some as specifically promoting an antiquated caricature as it identifies the need for a Korean man who "is instantly recognizable as Korean", and able to speak "defective" Dutch and English. Whoever is hired for the role will be the face of Radio 538's broadcasts on the Olympics, taking place next February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

800px-Hitane_Elementary_School_classroom_1
Oct 2 '17 14:50

A reading method used at Dutch primary schools to teach children the double sound of "ng", mocks Asian people. Asian parents sounded the alarm, and the lesson is no longer used. But University of Amsterdam media scientist Reza Kartosen-Wong is worried by the lack of outcry about this "racist stereotype", he said to Het Parool.

Jong Ajax player Mees de Wit with manager Stefano van Delden
Sep 18 '17 10:03

Stefano van Delden, manager of Jong Ajax player Mees de Wit, was attacked after a football match in Helmond on Friday night. "It was clearly about my skin color", he said, according to RTL Nieuws. He pressed charges of public violence and vandalism with the police. Football director of Helmond Sport, Marcel van den Bunder, condemned the violence on Monday. He called it "unacceptable" and "unworthy of Helmond Sport" in a response to Omroep Brabant. 

sign
Aug 14 '17 11:50

Maysaa Munaf, a 31-year-old Iraqi woman who came to Amsterdam a few weeks ago to work at a consultancy, was shocked when she received an email from company Executive Home Rentals telling her that she can only view a property if she plans to cook in the "western way", RTL Nieuws reports.

Munaf posted the mail to Facebook and Twitter. It read: "Both properties are not suitable for tenants who like to cook for hours with lots of herbs (only 'western way' of cooking). If you cook 'the western way' we can offer you a viewing of this property tomorrow."

794px-Fire_fighters_gear
Jul 27 '17 08:26

Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap is still struggling to change the culture within the corps, which still shows signs of discrimination, racism and bullying, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and municipal secretary Arjan van Gils said in a letter to the city council, NU.nl reports.

Commemoration for the abolition of slavery in Amsterdam's Oosterpark, 1 Jul 2017
Jul 14 '17 10:24

The Amsterdam police launched an investigation int racist and discriminatory comments on social media during and after the television broadcast of the commemoration for the abolition of slavery on July 1st, NOS reports.

American_Eagle_by_Theodore_Roszak,_US_Embassy,_London
Jul 11 '17 16:30

Two Rotterdam students planned to vacation in the United States, but they got no further than JFK Airport in New York. There the American authorities decided to deny them access to the country. "Because we are Muslim", Othmane Charib and Ismail Aghzanay said in a video they made from London after being deported. 

"We were treated like criminals. We had to sit back to back with each other and weren't allowed to make eye contact." Charib tells in the video. "They took our pictures and fingerprints. Our tickets were torn to pieces. Dogs are treated better."

Airbnb
Jul 10 '17 14:10

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and director of diversity David King will personally contact a woman who after being pushed by an Airbnb landlord on Saturday, King said to broadcaster NOS. He called the incident "repulsive" and "unacceptable". 

aanhouding-handboeien-2
Jul 10 '17 07:49

A young tourist was inured in Amsterdam on Saturday after getting into an argument with her Airbnb host. A video of the incident shows the young woman being pushed down a flight of stairs by a man. The man, 47-years-old from Amsterdam, was arrested, a police spokesperson confirmed to the Telegraaf.

Looking for a job
Jul 6 '17 08:05

A Dutch person with a criminal record has a better chance of finding a job in the Netherlands than someone with a non-Western background and no criminal record, according to a study done by researchers from a number of Dutch universities. Their conclusion is that when looking for work in the Netherlands, ethnicity is more important that criminal records, NOS reports.

479px-Ahmed_Marcouch
Jul 5 '17 13:10

The PVV is demonstrating in Arnhem on Wednesday afternoon against the city's decision to . Marcouch is not surprised by the opposition from the PVV, but does regret the fact that PVV leader Geert Wilders is using racial hatred to deny Arnhem its choice in leader, he said to newspaper AD.

Sylvana Simons
Jun 28 '17 14:00

A Facebook post by Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws about politician Sylvana Simons looking for a new name for her multicultural political party, led to so many "negative and racist responses" that the broadcaster decided to remove the post.

A Suske en Wiske painting on a wall in Brussels
Jun 26 '17 12:10

Suske en Wiske comic strip that leaked out on Saturday caused social media outrage in Belgium and the Netherlands to such an extent that Belgian publisher Standaard Uitgeverij had to publish an apology. The comic strip showed a depiction of a black man that was so stereotypical that it completely overshadowed the first bare breasts ever to appear on the strip, according to RTL Nieuws. 

Erik Akerboom
May 26 '17 07:40

National Police chief Erik Akerboom decided to maintain the ban on headscarves with police uniforms for the time being. He is shocked by the uproar caused by Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg s in the police, the National Police chief wrote in an internal memo, AD reports.

Sylvana Simons
May 18 '17 13:30

On Thursday the court in Amsterdam gave sentences of up to 80 hours of community service and fines up to 450 euros for incitement, threats, insult and discrimination against politician . The judge said that with the sentences the court wants to make clear that crossing the boundaries of freedom of expression has consequences, NU.nl report.

Sylvana Simons
Apr 13 '17 09:58

The Public Prosecutor demanded varying lengths of community service against five men accused of t.

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