Under a glass of expensive wine behind protective high walls in their white privileged paradise in front of the cameras Dutch rich pensioners the protaganists of the ‘Hollandse Maatjes’ documentary unleash the following racist flammatory statements: 1. Curaçaoan men all they do is sit all day under a tree, play domino and fuck. 2. Slavery? Come on, listen they came here where else should they have gone to? They would’ve been in Africa with a penis shaft and a straw skirt on. My dad in the early 1900s (in the Netherlands) had it rougher than them down here. The old Curaçaoans are very friendly, they speak perfect Dutch too, its the younger generation hooked on brand name clothes and if they can’t have it they steal it. For 400 florins they’ll shoot you! 3. You can do anything down here: ride horses, play hockey, ballet its just like Holland with good weather. 4. You don’t have to speak Papiamentu here, anyone with a bit of intelligence speaks Dutch or English. 5. Oh sure we owe a lot to Dutch investors. 6. That slavery story has got to stop, grow up man that’s 300 years ago.
Go find out why your island is failing. 7. You should thank God on your bare knees that our forefathers started bringing ‘slaves’ down here in the 17th century. You have a better life now, if it wasn’t for them you would still be living in uhm Ivory Coast with bones through your nose and straw skirts on. See it as something positive.”
Dutch white racism on widespread levels does not exist, its taboo to say so it does in Curaçao. The media in general (few exceptions aside) usually does not discuss it with vigor and fearlesness, failing to analyze all the levels of impact it has from profound socio-economic angles. You just don’t want to open up the masses eyes that didn’t see, read about this controversial documentary in the papers or have access to internet to catch it behind a laptop. Can’t shake up the Dutch economic elite. Can’t scrutinize, measure their power on a corporate, educational, health, judicial, financial level. Politicians, pressure groups, scholars, academics, intellectuals, media and opinion makers will not sacrifice their comfort nest. Nobody ever done research on the Dutch conclave, Dutch professors come down to investigate, dig through our National Archives write stuff about slavery and how benevolent it was compared to other colonizing nations but do absolutely nothing that contributes to structurally fortify our emancipation process.
The light weight outrage of the Dutch expats against this documentary and its false framing of their reality is questionable. Their claims are that only a small percentage on the island are racist. Letters to the editor of Amigoe and Versgeperst comments are not enough to hold racist community members accountable. The majority of the Dutch is not explicitely racist as can be seen in the documentary Onderelkaar ‘Hollandse Maatjes’ but a majority does support and maintains the subtle finetuned Dutch white racist power system. There’s no need to speak foul words but the average Dutch will cosign silently almost everything that has been said in the documentary consciously or subconsciously. The absence of organized action to overthrow or even slightly readjust that system says enough. A silent systematic refusal echoes through-out the island to desmantle that Dutch racist framework galvanized in economic, financial power. So in the end denial is cute but hypocritical.
The Dutch white racism spirit belongs to a large collective, looking out for their own people, their own class and they are absolutely not interested into decolonizing that system or striving to unshackle theirselves and the Curaçaoans from unresolved slavery and colonialism scarifications on the mental and spiritual level.
This group rarely will finance social-cultural projects, those that increase the understanding of Blackness in Curaçao and boost Afro-Curaçaoan cultural and economic power. Along with the Black elite clique awareness on many levels that could bring progress in many communites stays underdeveloped. Of course the Dutch and Curaçao colonized elite will sponsor a film like Tula The Revolt out of financial motives but certainly not with the intention to uplift Black cultural power which automatically, eventually leads to Black economic power. As long as it blesses our economy with €uros and boosts up our GDP Dutch white racism is seen as God’s gift.
And we won’t stop riding on that false perception wave until we fully overstand the soul sister message Joceline Clemencia wrote in her 1999 UNESCO paper ‘Papiamentu is more than a language’: “In our ignorant innocence or innocent ignorance we overlooked the fact that they were, and historically are, the rulers and we the ruled ones, and that power never renders itself; it has to be conquered, if not by sword then by the mind. And we neglected the mind. We have not studied our rulers well enough, otherwise we would have known that we were programmed to think that we are not programmed; that if we looked the other way long enough and denied the existence of colonialism it would automatically
disappear. We forgot that we were trained not to see colonialism as colonialism.”
The colonial blindfolds are powerful, their financial threads are tight woven into our society and are not that easy to rip apart especially as Joceline Clemencia further states that: “The country forgot to found the faculties of Humanities to teach us history and herstory, geography, anthropology, sociology, languages, and our own language. The discussion about
starting a language faculty has been going on for more than a decade now with no results. While denying colonialism we did not only get scars, but it penetrated deeply into our genes and, in a very civilized way, cultivated in our schools, academies, and university we pass on to our
children a very low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, an inferiority complex, distrust, fear of responsibility, absence of creativity and initiative, and non-scientific thinking.”
Trudi Martinus-Guda the wife of acclaimed author and Papiamentu emancipator Frank Martinus Arion after a week of cheap Amigoe readers smoke screen commentary drops one of the realest knowledge jewels critique ever in local Dutch newspaper history in true Creole ‘Pal’i muhe’ fashion: “Traditional hypocrisy acting as if the rest of the population is not being discriminated. The unwillingness to recognize this originates from think patterns expressed by these naieve Dutch folks: the total rejection and abomination of Africa and the Black habitants of Africa, as excuse and justification for slavery, colonization and discrimination. Meaning as well rejection of African religions, cultures and physical characteristics assuming prejudice regarding their human abilities, and also those of their descendants, in general. And that a couple of centuries long, even longer than 200 years Kingdom! And that not only by Dutch people, but also by other immigrants and Curaçaoans. That is the main issue. The extreme statements are just side-issues.”
A critical collective must value the responsability to make audio-visual documentaries about power, race, class, gender and the effects of slavery, colonialism and the true meaning of 150 years after abolition under a Dutch flag and soon to be king. We can’t let outsiders keep creating our public debates and putting their emancipatory pacifiers in our mouths.
1] Kees Tukker
2] Coby Jansen
3] Marja Tukker
4] Kees Tukker
5] Joost Pronk
6] Kees Tukker
7] Joost Pronk
— The only politician that condemned the racism exposed in the documentary was Helmin Wiels, also the only person to call upon boycotting Joost Pronk’s Audi and Seat car dealership at Skerpene.
— Peace to the Dutch working class lady selling herrings, she kept it real and pointed out that many Dutch folks do think that they are superior than others.