Identity politics: Afro-Caribbean, Dutch Caribbean or an Economic Hybrid version?

-Chrome Bumper Art Hustle by Yubi Kirindongo

There’s a legion of folks out here macking the pretension they rep Curacao from the cradle to the catholic santana. The glass castle crowds, living their lives within this cocooned identity over-emphasizing that Afro-Curacaoans willfully should erase their African ancestry for a surrogate post colonial euro-caribbean culture label.

Two weeks ago I attended the last day of a 3 day conference titled: Collective Identity as the Foundation for Durable and Sustainable development.
For Curacao this was the first big international conference ever and salutations should go to one of the main promoters Jeanne Henriquez director of Museo Tula and her team for the effort to raise some awareness on identity politics. Of course for the glass castle cattle minded this causes irritation it threatens their status and comfort zone. You just don’t speak about negritude, blackness what its like to live life in a semi-Dutch colony being part of an 85% Afro-Curacaoan society. You don’t question if the Afro descendants have enough economic and financial power. You don’t ask for research on these issues. The memo is very clear. Shut up and don’t stir up emotions of the non-melanin powerful because they are the ones that feed you.
Grupo Trinchera should make a Tambu song about this. Top charts.

On the closing day of the conference the first speaker on deck was Richenel Ansano a healer and anthropologist from Curacao. As he made us sit in a circle he explained: “The stories of 7 generations ago we carry them in our soul, knowledge its a psychic transmission.” That’s some profound ancestral wisdom.
Questions were raised if post colonialism isn’t an issue anymore and the Trini keynote speaker Khafra Kambon of the Emancipation Support Committee said: “the fight for reparations is mandatory.” Friday evening I missed his speech but thank Goddess to the organizers they documented all the presentations on video and cd and I captured the complete essence when he stated that: “Generally cultural subordination breeds feelings of inferiority and inadequacy which undercut the self-confidence needed to develop take charge attitudes.”

The recently awarded Cultural anthropologist Rose Mary Allen explained that we should address #zwartepiet (the blackface coonmatic help of Sinterklaas) to decolonize minds. In the past Richenel Ansano advised the government to eleminate #zwartepiet. In vain though. We are not yet in resistance mode.
As we failed to do so this year even if when Quinsy Gario and Kno’Ledge Ceasar unexpected cultural mash up crew blowing up the #zwartepietisracisme spot in Dordrecht, the Netherlands sparked us in the Dutch Caribbean. Maybe next year during the 150 years of celebration of the abilition of Dutch slavery.

Adriaan Moen a sociologist and labor justice expert said: 20 years of Dutch colonialism will be finito. 5 billion florins of debt sanitation is a sort of reparation? I’m not sure what he actually meant by 20 years but Jeanne Henriquez answered: “We have political parties but no leadership. Dutch debt relief of 5 billion is not reparations.” and we need economical leadership to bust down the financial damage of slavery colonialism. Total sum it and unleash it (on the Dutch government).

Halfway you could say the conference was ok. Was missing the younger generation though. The promo wasn’t really aimed at all towards the young bloods which made eyebrows raise up. One speaker said: “Its always the same faces during this conferences debates etc. So we still stuck.” But everybody been spitting valuable arguments until lunchtime.

The Suriname economist/historian Sandew Hira from Holland broke down the Dutch Eurocentric slavery documentary that had a lot of Afro-Dutch folks vexed. He riding that Decolonize the Mind wave. Creating a systematic criticism model to challenge leading Dutch universities with their remixed history writings. That’s how you smash it and force them to respect our ancestors Trans Atlantic experience.

Hira also briefly touched reparations, calculations for land, trauma, labor etc for Suriname and that this was calculated by Armand Zunder (who also supposed to but ?) at €50 billion. Some say Zunder can’t substantiate the figures but I would need to see other research from other countries on this reparation hustle to compare and make my preliminary conclusions which could solidly push Curacao in an emancipatory B-Boy/Girl stance against the Netherlands. Its not so much about the financial compensation as many would think)

Richinel Ansano: “let’s stop talking and move something” He put chairs for his ancestors but they told him they will stand. Side note he speaks standing on his bare feet.

Another anthropologist Su Girigori spoke about: “Detach ourselves from fear that we can’t survive without the Dutch.” She pleaded for models to acquire a new sustainable collective identity: Restructure education, teachers, governmental/political mind set and media.

Sociologist/teacher Frank Quirindingo said we need to force a curriculum. Politicians need to feel the pressure and make laws. That’s cool with me but first we need more university, all kinds of students to attend these types of verbal interchangements.

Ex minister of education and linguista Martha Dijkhof took shots at the government. Independence ain’t giving a paper to the queen. (Pueblo Soberano party led by Helmin Wiels)She wants to see the government walk their talk. True spit she gave the whole coalition a classy ‘hala di sota’ (ass whooping).

Frederick Claret a social/educative justice advocate also rightfully hanged all the politicians, ministers who didn’t have the decency to come brainstorm on mental decolonization and all the other issues to form a collective identity.

Yomini Godfried a young teacher said Tula is already in her. The youth needs to be reached via art music etc. She fierce and let the public know during her stay at the university of Leiden they tried to cut her off on her negritude. She burst her heart out and during the closing minutes she was the only one slyly addressing her final words to the minister of education Lionel Jansen persuading him to walk that gangsta independent emancipated decolonized walk that PS infinitely yaps about.

Prominent senior citizen Henry Veeris asked why this conference co sponsored by Unesco. Why we ain’t using UNESCO to its fullest. He has a hyper valid point there too. We done dozing off. Time to take advantage of all these institutions. Catwalk intellectualisms should be carried by six.

Pim Senior our second man in the Hague repping MAN. Asked why #Curacao not independent yet. What’s wrong with us? He wants a political force. Decolonize minds. I overstand his clamor but him sitting on a decision making sub-ministerial chair makes it less credible.

Martha Dijkhof mentioned that in 2013 there will be a book about our history to be used in schools. Not sure how and who but Dijkhof seemed decisive to inject our youth with critical mind curriculums and Jeanne Henriquez hustling an appointment for the decolonization of the mind platform with the minister of education makes it something to look out for in the nearby school future. We need students that can think act outside of the traditional European educational chicken coup. That will require a total educational reform. An uphill battle but we been through that part time drama at Ser’i Neger right?

I left the conference with mixed feelings. Satisfied seeing people understand the importance of culturally welding a Caribbean Curacao identity with all the historical active side struggles. But still slightly disappointed to re-confirm the bitterness that only 5% of the attendees were below 30/40 years.

Check with http://www.kasdikultura.an or http://www.museotula.com for all documented presentations of
– Khafra Kambom
– Richard Goodridge
– Alex van Stipriaan
– Sandew Hira
– Natasha van der Dijs
– Rose Mary Allen
– Martha Dijkhoff
– Frank Quirindongo
– Su Girigori
– Richinel Ansano
– Yomini Godfried
– Jeanette Juliet Pablo
– Erwin Raphaela
– Aisha Henriquez

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Beatrix the queen visits Curacao. A royal leechcraft tale uncensored.

Last week I saw the documentary about a Suriname writer Edgar Cairo named “Ik ga dood om jullie hoofd” (I die because of your heads). The title is borrowed from one of his books about negritude experience in Suriname. Trust I really got burried all these days by thoughts remarks of blind Dutch royal worship.

Dutch queen Beatrix started her tour along all her colonies from peaceful embrasive Aruba, to the rebellious nature of Bonaire that protested against the constitutional confusion imposed by the Dutch government.
Today Beatrix or as people in our native tongue say ‘La Reina’ arrived in Curacao. At the airport the reception this morning no massive crowd. Usual suspects was a class of kids from an uppity primary school doing the welcoming. The day before in the evening the middle and upper class organized via social media their first and rather succesful anti government protest. Their main issues were as AMIGOE states: ” The pressure group ‘I’m also one of the 40’ wants Minister Carlos Monk (Administration, Planning and Service, PS) to apologize for his remarks made in the States that persons who had spoken with the Rosenmöller Committee are traitors to one’s country and deserve the death penalty. This is one of the demands, which the pressure group will present during their demonstration at the Wilhelminaplein this evening.”

The leader Mr. Walroud spoke about: “This is a serious attack on the right of free of speech. We will give him two times 24 hours to apologize. If the latter remains forthcoming, we will go to Amnesty International,”

Curacao on dia de los muertos iniated itself officially into the regimes of pro government and anti government fanaticism just like Venezuela did a decade and a half ago. Blind partisanship staying tied to political financial interests veiled by human valors like freedom of speech and integrity.

The division also includes the love or hate for the Dutch queen Beatrix. In Bonaire the cost of living, the poverty menacing and deculturization of our sister island combined with plenty other constitutional oppressive mechanisms made pressure groups stand up and drop Beatrix the memo that Apartheid and Colonialism needs to stop.

In Curacao a group of 10 protesters from the independence party Pueblo Soberano (Sovereign People) voiced their discontent. Melvin Cijntje sort of replaced his leader Helmin Wiels. Who refused to shake hands with the queen unless its at the table for the signing of an independent Curacao. Mr. Cijntje informed the queen about their independence declaration and Beatrix was caught by surprise as Cijntje declared the moment during her visit of our Parliament.

The leader Helmin Wiels not being present during her visit reeks of political compromise. His usual revolutionary chattery got switched for a self induced diplomatic sensured tone while today was the golden opportunity to confront the Dutch queen Beatrix for the Dutch immoral legacy of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism. Besides the suave rebel-house slave moment of absence and unusual poor protest performance of Pueblo Soberano they did blew up the Dutch mainstream media with their acts of political defiance.

So our society is split in half. One half pro government but not necessarily against queen Beatrix. But definitely not like the other half anti government that almost adore the queen. Talkshow reality is not real life as people on the radio complained that Curacao was not trying to impress the queen by decorating the roads and the center of the city Punda and Otrobanda like Aruba did.

Dutch royal house lovers are quickly connected to the same group of people that would like to see the Dutch government intervene via Kingdom Charter article 43 and from The Hague the neo colonial finger pointing crew in their Lower Chamber has iced the relationship. That’s why queen Beatrix feeling a bit chilly up in the tropics.

Life continued as usual today. In the working class neighbourhoods hardly any Dutch flag being raised. No ribbons on the antenna’s of cars. Hardly any orange wearing people to sympathize with the color of the royal house. Nada.
We as a people just trying to make it. We live in Curacao baby, we gonna make it Roy Ayers willing.

Conservative voices on that manipulative hustle trying to connect the referendum of 2005 where almost 95% voted to stay within the Dutch Kingdom as an autonomous state therefore we should be thankful to the queen and the Netherlands for all of their financial aid and $1.3 billion debt relief. Typical house servant remarks from minds that never understood how the Netherlands has been and still is benefitting from our islands. Right now there’s a cold war between our financial service sector and Dutch government because of the structural financial boycotts via Dutch fiscal legislation. In short the Dutch since late 1990s be fiscally smash blocking bombing any effort to facilitate legislation to enable our financial institutions in making dollars and euros. Plain neo-colonial fiscal fuckery.

People adore the queen implanted by colonial minds. But no polls dare to be made, no deep research to validate the added Dutch kingdom value of a queen for our island. No investigation to show a complete perspective of the return on investment for the Dutch Caribbean colonies. Just speculating and ass licking don’t make Beatrix a good queen who has be sitting on the throne since 1980 without any academic analysis.

But hey if you don’t understand that, the convo between a passenger and a bus driver yesterday recaps the whole situation. Lady passenger joking with the bus driver: “Hey remember to put up your flag tommorrow for the queen because you owe her!” Busdriver looking in the mirror frowns then spits: “Me? I don’t owe her shit!” Yeah I love my peoples. I really do.

Beatrix the queen visits Curacao. A royal leechcraft tale uncensored.

Last week I saw the documentary about a Suriname writer Edgar Cairo named “Ik ga dood om jullie hoofd” (I die because of your heads). The title is borrowed from one of his books about negritude experience in Suriname. Trust I really got burried all these days by thoughts remarks of blind Dutch royal worship.

Dutch queen Beatrix started her tour along all her colonies from peaceful embrasive Aruba, to the rebellious nature of Bonaire that protested against the constitutional confusion imposed by the Dutch government.
Today Beatrix or as people in our native tongue say ‘La Reina’ arrived in Curacao. At the airport the reception this morning no massive crowd. Usual suspects was a class of kids from an uppity primary school doing the welcoming. The day before in the evening the middle and upper class organized via social media their first and rather succesful anti government protest. Their main issues were as AMIGOE states: ” The pressure group ‘I’m also one of the 40’ wants Minister Carlos Monk (Administration, Planning and Service, PS) to apologize for his remarks made in the States that persons who had spoken with the Rosenmöller Committee are traitors to one’s country and deserve the death penalty. This is one of the demands, which the pressure group will present during their demonstration at the Wilhelminaplein this evening.”

The leader Mr. Walroud spoke about: “This is a serious attack on the right of free of speech. We will give him two times 24 hours to apologize. If the latter remains forthcoming, we will go to Amnesty International,”

Curacao on dia de los muertos iniated itself officially into the regimes of pro government and anti government fanaticism just like Venezuela did a decade and a half ago. Blind partisanship staying tied to political financial interests veiled by human valors like freedom of speech and integrity.

The division also includes the love or hate for the Dutch queen Beatrix. In Bonaire the cost of living, the poverty menacing and deculturization of our sister island combined with plenty other constitutional oppressive mechanisms made pressure groups stand up and drop Beatrix the memo that Apartheid and Colonialism needs to stop.

In Curacao a group of 10 protesters from the independence party Pueblo Soberano (Sovereign People) voiced their discontent. Melvin Cijntje sort of replaced his leader Helmin Wiels. Who refused to shake hands with the queen unless its at the table for the signing of an independent Curacao. Mr. Cijntje informed the queen about their independence declaration and Beatrix was caught by surprise as Cijntje declared the moment during her visit of our Parliament.

The leader Helmin Wiels not being present during her visit reeks of political compromise. His usual revolutionary chattery got switched for a self induced diplomatic sensured tone while today was the golden opportunity to confront the Dutch queen Beatrix for the Dutch immoral legacy of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism. Besides the suave rebel-house slave moment of absence and unusual poor protest performance of Pueblo Soberano they did blew up the Dutch mainstream media with their acts of political defiance.

So our society is split in half. One half pro government but not necessarily against queen Beatrix. But definitely not like the other half anti government that almost adore the queen. Talkshow reality is not real life as people on the radio complained that Curacao was not trying to impress the queen by decorating the roads and the center of the city Punda and Otrobanda like Aruba did.

Dutch royal house lovers are quickly connected to the same group of people that would like to see the Dutch government intervene via Kingdom Charter article 43 and from The Hague the neo colonial finger pointing crew in their Lower Chamber has iced the relationship. That’s why queen Beatrix feeling a bit chilly up in the tropics.

Life continued as usual today. In the working class neighbourhoods hardly any Dutch flag being raised. No ribbons on the antenna’s of cars. Hardly any orange wearing people to sympathize with the color of the royal house. Nada.
We as a people just trying to make it. We live in Curacao baby, we gonna make it Roy Ayers willing.

Conservative voices on that manipulative hustle trying to connect the referendum of 2005 where almost 95% voted to stay within the Dutch Kingdom as an autonomous state therefore we should be thankful to the queen and the Netherlands for all of their financial aid and $1.3 billion debt relief. Typical house servant remarks from minds that never understood how the Netherlands has been and still is benefitting from our islands. Right now there’s a cold war between our financial service sector and Dutch government because of the structural financial boycotts via Dutch fiscal legislation. In short the Dutch since late 1990s be fiscally smash blocking bombing any effort to facilitate legislation to enable our financial institutions in making dollars and euros. Plain neo-colonial fiscal fuckery.

Ppl adore the queen implanted by colonial minds. But no polls dare to be made no deep research to validate the added kingdom value of a queen. No investigation to show a complete perspective of the return of investment for the Dutch Caribbean colonies. Just speculating and ass licking don’t make Beatrix a good queen who has be sitting on the throne since 1980 without any academic analysis.

But hey if you don’t understand that the convo between a passenger and a bus driver yesterday recaps the whole situation. Lady passenger joking with the bus driver: “Hey remember to put up your flag tommorrow for the queen because you owe her!” Busdriver looking in the mirror frowns than spits: “Me? I don’t owe her shit!” Yeah I love my peoples. I really do.