In the Netherlands, one camp denies the existence of racism in its entirety, while another camp pressures people to attend anti-racism demonstrations. Black people aren’t helped by either extreme. As long as the mere mention of the word "racism" serves to further divide the population, nothing will change.

By H.S. Barre

It seems impossible to accept the existence of racism in this country. Even this simple observation can lead to further denials, a tug of war about semantics and counterproductive banter about who I am and what my political beliefs are. But it does not matter at all who I am or what political side I take. The complexity of my existence cannot be reduced to a single monolithic identity. I am a black woman, an immigrant, a journalist, a poet, and a former Muslim. I consider myself progressive and pro-human rights.