It always surprises me when people call others sensitive when those people are only expressing their feelings. I hear it more often now than ever. People saying that ‘you can’t say anything anymore’. No sir, you just cannot say racist and sexist things anymore and get away with it.
Remember what Kanye (and his troubled ass) said about slavery? I actually had a conversation with someone who was trying to convince me that Kanye meant to say that the 400 of slavery he was talking about is the ‘victim role’ black people have taken on, years after slavery. First of all; what victim role? What does that even mean? I am guessing Kanye is an extrovert, a talker, he expresses himself by talking and rapping about everything on his mind, it seems. So you want to tell me that this ‘articulate’ man, is not saying exactly what he wants to say. But you have figured out what it is that he meant to say… interesting.
Now let us discuss this ‘victim role’ people claim black people have taken on. I am sorry, are black people not getting shot by the police in their backs? Not getting strangled to death while screaming that they cannot breathe? Getting shot while getting they are trying to get their registration papers from their glove department? So getting killed without resisting arrest what so ever. While these certain police officers are claiming they shot these victims out of fear of their own life. In my very sarcastic voice let me say: that definitely sounds like people taking on a victim role without any reason,
To a certain degree I can understand that you might think that in the Netherlands, where I live, you might think it’s not ‘that bad’ for black people. But Kanye is in the United States of America. So that’s the place where black people actually need to fear the police. There is a new video almost every day about police brutality. A new video of a black person not doing anything wrong yet getting discriminated against, dealing with unnecessary hate. Yet you want to tell me that these people are overreacting?
OK now let’s talk about the Netherlands. The country I was born, raised and am currently living in. I do not fear the police. I do not deal with the same things I would probably deal with if I was living in the US. Yet there is a quite a large amount of hatred, discrimination and racism in this country as well. Sadly, as there is everywhere in the world especially against black people. One main racist thing in this country, is this very ‘important’ holiday here called Sinterklaas. A holiday I loved as a child and still have love for. The story of the holiday resembles Santa Clause’s story. It’s an old white man that brings your gifts, on the night of the 4th of December. On his magical horse he hops from roof to roof to bring the good kids gifts. Yet instead of elves, the man has white people with black face with a black curly wig red lips and gold hoops in their ears, from Spain….. Again in my most sarcastic voice I say: ‘Yup that somehow makes sense’…. As a young child I did not think of it too much of it. Until one day I got called black Pete, by a kid in class. My aunt had bought me small gold hoops and my hair was cut short. When she called me this I felt my heart drop. I told myself I would never wear those earrings ever again. But even after this moment I did not think black Pete was racist, I just hated them. So whenever I would see black Pete advertised anywhere or see someone dressed up as black Pete somewhere I would get annoyed. Funnily (find the word I am looking for here), a couple of years ago it was actually a group of white girls that really opened my eyes on how racist black Pete is. I was doing some charity work with some students. And we were talking about the holiday (honestly they were talking and as the true introvert I am I was actively observing). So they were residing some of the lyrics of the holiday songs. And it was the line ‘al ben ik zwart als roet, ik meer het TOCH goed’ was the line that everyone agreed on was the worst. In English this translates to ‘EVEN THOUGH I am as black as soot, I still mean well’. Because obviously someone would never mean well when they are black. And I felt that in my core. Everything clicked and made sense. So now I feel a certain type of way when people tell me that they do not think the idea of black Pete is racist. I recite that line and let them decide for themselves.
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