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Racism report Dutch police and ministry of Foreign Affairs

Racism In The Ranks: Dutch Police Film Spurs Conversation | VOA - May 27, 2022 |

A documentary about discrimination within the ranks of Dutch police has sparked a national conversation in the Netherlands about racism, with many officers and others hoping it will finally bring about change.

The Blue Family, or De Blauwe Familie in Dutch, discusses a culture of bullying and fear in the national police force. It premiered on Dutch television Monday, timed around the second anniversary this week of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police.

"There is no way back," Peris Conrad, one of the officers featured in the film, told The Associated Press.

Born in the former Dutch colony Surinam, Conrad dreamed of being a police officer as a child. He moved to the Netherlands when he was 4 years old, and after a stint in the military, became a security guard.

While in that job, he had an encounter with police officers who were looking for information about crime in the Surinamese community. The officers encouraged him to join the force himself, which he did, ultimately spending 26 years in service.

But Conrad, who is Black, recalled how in his first year at the police academy, colleagues hung a picture of him with cell bars drawn on it. The caption read: "Our monkey in a cage."

Police leaders received an early showing of the film and promised action.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 12:13:22 PM EST
Rotterdam police investigating racism in cops' WhatsApp group: report | July 1, 2020 |

Dutch Foreign Ministry apologises for 'institutional racism' | TRT World - Dec. 12, 2022 |

The Dutch Foreign Ministry has apologised after a report said it was infested by institutional racism, with people from ethnic backgrounds called "monkeys" and other abusive terms.

The independent report, commissioned in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, found that employees of colour often felt excluded and ignored by white colleagues at the ministry.

It said that while employees were "not usually abused in person", they often experienced "verbal aggression" by hearing others disparage people on the grounds of skin colour, religion or origin.

"A number of employees have said that people have been referred to as 'monkeys', 'bokitos', 'negroes' and 'Black Pete' because of their skin colour," the report said.
"African countries have been described by one employee as 'monkey countries.'"

Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said the report was "painful and confrontational".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 19th, 2023 at 12:16:38 PM EST
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