Racism: No more here!

The fatal arrest of black man George Floyd by a white police officer on May 25, 2020 has sparked unprecedented responses around the world. Everywhere in America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, people take to the streets to protest police brutality and racism.

Is the death of George Floyd the straw that breaks the camel’s back? It is clear that this tragic incident has made people aware that racism has persisted persistently or explicitly persisted in themselves or in others in their vicinity for generations.

Is there such a thing as 'White Innocence' as the writer/professor Gloria Wekker mentioned in her eponymous book? And if so, how do we deal with this unwanted legacy?

In the series 'Stories about Racism!' Initiatives of Change Netherlands calls on everyone to share their experiences with racism and discrimination. Could we reconcile by listening to each other's opinions, stories and banish racism from our thinking and doing system forever? No one has the wisdom in store, but let's make an effort to come out together until we can say, "Racism: no more here!"

The IofC team 

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An honest talk about racism

herdenking slavernijverleden op 1 juli in Oosterpark, Amsterdam

The demonstrations in so many countries against racism and discrimination are impressive. Obviously restraints are gone. It is special that not only black people are demonstrating, but also white people. Widely supported discontent with unequal treatment. Hennie de Pous-de Jonge

 

Racism in the shadows


'I'm not black and I'm not white. But with all this going on I feel like everything that can be said needs to be said. This is a bit of my experience.

Being a brown person in a predominantly white land (the Netherlands/Europe), I always struggled to fit in. It wasn't easy...' - Anubhav Kandpal


Broken glass

Photo by ᴘᴀᴜʟ ᴋᴀᴘɪꜱᴄʜᴋᴀ on UnsplashAbout racisme at the Rosslyn Academy
'There is a wonderful episode in one of my favorite tv-series ‘How I met your Mother’ in which a close knit group of friends experience the phenomenon of ‘broken glass...' - Floris Joziasse