The call of Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) to combat RACISM with carnival is on social media food for anger.
In a burka you may not appear in the marquee, but a pregnant nun in the front of the polonaise is not a problem according to these hate mongers.
Kick Out Zwarte Piet finds an Indian costume racism, but for example ridiculing Germans in a Lederhose is okay and was even literally suggested and encouraged by KOZP.
The announcement of the carnival raid raises certain questions for some carnivals. Because, for example, can you no longer simply dress as a Japanese geisha?
A spokesman for the Bossche department of the anti-Zwarte Piet action group sees a lot of racism, he says ANONYMOUS, because after earlier threats he prefers to keep his name from the media.
Kick Out Zwarte Piet made a call on Friday: Report racism in Breda and Roosendaal during carnival !!
He spoke recently, in his own words, to people who felt excluded or insulted.
That is why Kick Out Zwarte Piet announced yesterday that he would be 'monitoring' in various cities in Brabant during this carnival weekend whether population groups would be ridiculed.
They also call on others to officially report racism.
"We WANT people to become aware of racist expressions."
The line between 'GOOD' and 'WRONG' is thin, as appears when the spokesperson is presented with a few examples. But he is very clear about some things: “Dressing up as Zwarte Piet is certainly not possible. Blackface is problematic by definition. ”
"A white person who dyes himself black remains a reference to the black-faced tradition." He points to the past custom in the United States to make a caricature of BLACK SLAVES in theaters.
A white man who wants to be dressed as his hero Ruud Gullit then? the reporter asks:
“Euuuh yes, that's a good one… Don't you have any masks from him? That is possible." the black Bosschenaar doubted. "If a dark man dresses up as Ruud Gullit, there is certainly no problem."
"Roughly speaking, according to Kick Out Zwarte Piet, the limit is insulting MINORITIES or SUPPRESSED cultures." said the KOZP spokesperson.
“It's about two things. You cannot dress up in something that involves a dominant WHITE culture against an oppressed group. And you have to be careful STEALING customs that you don't know the meaning of. ”
and now comes the logic:
“An example: Dressed up as a geisha or with feathers, these have a certain meaning in some cultures. You can't just put on a set of clothes with the native Americans. That is a RELIGIOUS custom that belongs to certain chieftains. ”, says the anonymous Zwarte Piet basher.
"And geishas were very suppressed in Japan in the past."
"Germans, for example, have an equal culture, so Lederhosen are allowed."
A Mexican Sombrero turns out to be a difficult one in the world of these people:
"I don't really know if that is a religious expression."
But how far can you extend that? Should we be careful with the farmer's keel now that farmers are in the damn corner?
You can argue a lot and say that that is an uneven relationship between the city and the countryside, the journalist says.
“Eeuh yes, but that argument will not be made so quickly. We will have to ask a farmer about that. ” the carnival inspector replies a little desperately. But let's really limit it to cultural expressions. ”
KOZP says that dressed as a Polish guest worker goes too far:
“In the Netherlands that is also an oppressed and discriminated group. It's not okay to make fun of that. You also don't dress up as a severely disabled person. ”
“We are not against people being mocked. But then make fun of a GERMAN! "
Carnival lovers in Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Helmond, Tilburg, Breda and Oss may come across Kick Out Zwarte Piet activists in the coming days. They will not be recognizable as activists, but the spokesperson does not yet know whether they will be dressed up.
They want to monitor racist expressions so that they can get an idea of the "SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM".
Kick Out Zwarte Piet also calls on others to make an official REPORT of expressions that cannot pass through.
What is ultimately done with it? Can we expect protests during carnival next year?
“We haven't thought about that yet. We are going to monitor first. ”
We also tweeted something at an angry moment (after all we are only civilians) but that Tweet appeared to have disappeared this morning.
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