DENK politician Sylvana Simons thinks that football analyst Johan Derksen should attend a discrimination course so he can realize the effect his comments have. In an open letter she addresses comments Derksen made on Voetbal Inside on Monday comparing her to a monkey.
The PvdA is focusing on fighting discrimination in its campaign for next year's elections. The party wants a harsher approach by considering racism a hate crime with higher penalties and dedicating specialized police officers to address the problem, AD reports.
The party wants to use "naming and shaming" against employers who discriminate against their employees or prospective employees. The party also feels that the police and Public Prosecutor should put more effort into catching and prosecuting racists.
Football analyst Johan Derksen compared DENK politician Sylvana Simons to a monkey during a broadcast of Voetbal Inside on Monday night. While talking about RTL's decision to replace blackface Zwarte Piet with so-called Chimney Piet, he said that the only downside is that "hysterical miss Simons will run through the country as proud as a monkey", AD reports.
Broadcaster RTL will not be using blacface makeup on Zwarte Piet this year. The media company decided to from now on only use Pieten with soot marks on their face, RTL said in a statement.
"For one part the image of Zwarte Piet is discriminatory, while others find that Zwarte Piet is an integral part of the tradition", the broadcaster said in a statemetn. "RTL understands both points of view, but also believes that this discussion should not be about what's right, but understanding for each other."
The Discrimination Hotline for the Amsterdam region is calling on people to report cases of discrimination, harassment and racism during the Sinterklaas season, NOS reports.
According to the Hotline, the “controversial figure of Zwarte Piet”, annually causes situations to get out of hand at school, work and other public places. The Hotline is consciously choosing to actively participate in the debate on what Zwarte Piet should look like.
A police officer in Emmen caused quite a commotion on social media with a tweet about "Moroccan chancers" who tried to catch a train after missing a bus. The Emmen police reprimanded the neighborhood officer and instructed him to take the tweet down.
The officer wrote on Twitter: "Last train in Emmen with some Moroccan chancers who wanted to go to Ter Apel, but missed the bus. Fine walk then!"
Political party DENK wants a police team set up specifically to act against racism and discrimination. A thousand officers should be in this team, politician Farid Azarkan said on Pauw.
Activists involved in the debate surrounding blackface Zwarte Piet released a statement calling for calm on Monday after a meeting with the Ministry of Social Affairs. They feel a calm and respectful discussion is what is needed on the subject
Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer received "dozens of threats" following a report she released on Zwarte Piet on Friday. She reported the threats to the police and is pressing charges
Support for blackface makeup on Sinterklaas character Zwarte Piet is steadily declining, though the vast majority is still in favor of it. In Maurice d e Hond's latest political poll 21 percent of Dutch indicated that it is time for Zwarte Piet to change, compared to less than 10 percent three years ago.
Ethnic minorities are disproportionately often stopped by the police, according to a study by Police & Science. In many cases these checks are unjustified, the report states
Zwarte Piet in his current for is in violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, says Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer. According to her, the figure of Zware Piet can contribute to bullying, exclusion or discrimination. He must therefore be adapted in such a way tht no children experience negativity in the Sinterklaas festival
A car branded with the logos of WOS and Omroep West was vandalized in 's-Gravenzande after the broadcaster reported on young people causing problems in Maassluis, Omroep West reports. WOS also received two threatening emails.
The third pre-trial hearing in the "less Moroccans" hate speech trial against PVV leader Geert Wilders happens in court today. His lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops will try to convince the court to drop the case immediately
A swastika and racist phrases were spray painted onto the window of a Vomar supermarket in the Zaandam neighborhood of Poelenburg somewhere between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The police opened a case of vandalism
The Public Prosecutor demanded 80 hours of community service, half of which conditionally suspended, against the man who lynched a doll made to look like Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer during a match between Feyenoord and Ajax on February 7th
Moroccan boy pressed charges of discrimination against a security guard of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. According to him, the guard refused him entrance because of his race
The man who lynched a doll meant to represent Feyenoord footballer Kenneth Vermeer is facing charges of threatening him with death or grievous bodily harm, the Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam announced on Wednesday
The Amsterdam police will soon start an experiment in which they will record exactly why they pull over a car for a check in an attempt to reduce racial profiling by the police. The mayor an the police chief were against implementing this experiment immediately, but the majority of the city council voted for it on Thursday
Sylvana Simons, the newest member of political party DENK, filed charges of racism with the police in The Hague. A video the party posted on their website shows Simons and party leader Tunahan Kuzu walking into the police station with a thick stack of papers.
Kenneth Vermeer, goalkeeper for Feyenoord and the Netherlands' national team, claims to be the victim of ethnic profiling. On Friday a video of him being pulled over in his Mercedes by the police was posted online, the Volkskrant reports.
The video shows a visibly irritated Vermeer repeatedly asking why he was pulled over. "What is the reason this time? Will I be checked every day? Seriously, do I look that much like a criminal. Because I drive a car like this, should I be arrested every day?" Vermeer asked the officer.
An administrative employee at InHolland was reprimanded by the college's management for sending an email warning of the number of ethnic minority students in the college's Amsterdam branch. The employee expressed regret and apologized, the college said in a statement on Thursday
A group of parents will be protesting in front of Rotterdam's city hall on Wednesday against the closing of primary school De Verbinding in the Zevenkamp neighborhood. According to the parents, "institutional racism in education" is to blame for the closing of this school and the school was never given a fair chance.
A massive 64 percent of Dutch voters think that ethnic profiling by the police is acceptable if it is done to fight crime, according to the latest poll by Maurice de Hond