I was there, the day before yesterday. After a long demonstration from Waterlooplein all the way to Oosterpark, we entered the park which was turned into a great fair of music, cerimonies, speeches, and debates, all surrounded by Surinamese and other types of food, drinks and handicrafts.
Goldberg calls 'the arrogant white alchemy of racelessness' (2002: 225).
150 years after the abolition of slavery, no compensation has been paid to the families of the victims. And no political party in the Netherlands has inserted this issue, nor the issue of racism as such, in its program. Yet, 'we should fight together', yes, indeed.
As the black activists said (see video): "The politicians do not take us seriously and don't do anything for us. After years of protests, demonstrations and dialogue against Zwarte Piet, our Prime Minister Rutte still said: "Black Pete is Black, I can't change anything about it. After years of dialogue, protest and a lawsuit, the mayor of Amsterdam said:, "Give Zwarte Piet another 10 years so we can get used to it." Just as the colonial government on July 1, 1863 decided that the enslaved people had to wait another 10 years for their real freedom. We have been waiting 151 years for justice and respect.The time of waiting is over. Today we demand it! [...] We are tired of being treated like second-class citizens, we are tired of being an important matter only when the Netherlands finds us good enough. Now is the time to stand tall. Now is the time to stand up for ourselves. We write a new era. We are like any other Dutch citizen and we demand to be treated with the same respect.