EVENT: Hart voor een inclusief Den Haag

Next week I will participate in a gathering hosted by OCAN, focused on diversity, inclusivity and the positioning of people of African descent in Den Haag. My presentation will offer a discussion on the role of (racist) stereotypes in determining who can belong to a city and will also investigate how the distinction between “expats” and “immigrants” contributes to white washing Den Haag’s international image and reputation. Want to attend this event? Find more information via the official OCAN invitation below. Hope to see you there! ❤

You are very welcome to attend the working conference “Heart for an Inclusive Den Haag” on Wednesday 17th April. This “wake-up” conference is for everyone who lives or works in The Hague and who supports this city with its 180 nationalities. The main goals of the working conference are:

  •  increase the dialogue on inclusion, equal treatment and anti-discrimination and anti-racism at neighbourhood level;

  •  to strengthen the resilience of the target group (s) to combat exclusion;

  •  proposals for improvement / solutions to combat racism / discrimination within institutions.

You can register for the event by sending an email to info@ocan.nl with your name and possibly the organization so that we know how many people we need to take into account. You are most welcome from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (walk in from 12:00 pm), at the Theater De Vaillant, Hobbemastraat 120, 2526 JS, The Hague.

Week Against Racism NL: Racism in Dutch Schools

Hello world! So far, 2019 is being very kind to me and sending lots of exciting projects my way. One such opportunity is a talk I’ll be giving in Amsterdam at the Pakhuis de Zwijger for the Week Against Racism discussions series! The event has been co-orgnanised by Gloria Holwerda-Williams of the InterNational Anti-Racism Group and takes place on the 19th March.

There will be a number of presentations during the evening, from parents, teachers, researcher and campaigners, each giving their own perspectives on how children experience race and racism in Dutch schools, as well as learn about race and racism, too. My own presentation will tackle how ideas about whiteness are taught to children and how this goes onto promote a white nativist complex throughout society, using my own personal experiences as a new parent, in addition to  conclusions gained from my research and work with ERIF, I will discuss with the audience.

There is still some time to reserve a seat, so if you want to be a part of this very important conversation, you can find all the information you need via the venue’s website. Can’t make it? The event will also be livestreamed.

Hope to see you there! ❤

Check out my new article for gal-dem

Hey folks!

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of writing for one of my favourite editorials: gal-dem! As many of you know, I’m British and have been based in the Netherlands for several years. Never one to shy away from critical analysis of any given socio-political situation, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the discussions around Brexit, not only because it effects me and my family personally, but also because of the oh-so-predictable white entitlement sprinkled throughout both sides of the debate.

Check out what I have to say about it via the full article only on gal-dem now!

Registration now open for Wij vs Zij #5: Media van Kleur

On April 17, I’ll be giving a short talk at the Pakhuis de Zwijger as part of their Wij vs Zij series. The title of the event is: Media van Kleur (roughly: media of colour, click here for more info) and will focus on contemporary, stereotypical media representations of people of colour. Furthermore, the event will amplify the work of several Dutch organisations working to promote better representations of people of colour, as well as featuring talks from other artists from across the world.

My talk – on behalf of ERIF – will provide an overview of the colonial origins of racist imagery, its political usage and its present-day legacy in policymaking. Hope to see you there!

Amsterdam EYE Film Museum Black Lives on Screen Series

I had the pleasure of joining the EYE Film Museum’s Black Lives on Screen series this week but giving an introduction talk for their screening of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (1986). The Black Lives on Screen initiative is part of a broader three month festival at the museum, honouring US cinema with Looking for America.

I had been invited their to discuss blackface and racialised imagery in US cinema, as an alternative to the Sinterklaas festivities taking place on the same evening. You can read the full talk here and/or watch a segment via this clip.

The talk and the screening were well attended by folks of various backgrounds and by linking Zwarte Piet to a more global network of anti-black imagery, it was clear that I got the audience thinking!

There will be more interesting introductions to a wide range of independent films up until the 21st December, when the series ends, so check it all out via the EYE’s website while you still have the chance!