Het n*g*er-nummer

Identifier

TBAFB0110

Title

Het n*g*er-nummer

Description

The first criticism of the Zwarte Piet figure in the Dutch media dates from 1930. De Groene Amsterdammer published the so-called 'N*g*r issue' in April 1930, a special edition of the monthly magazine in which articles for and about Black people were central. For example, the magazine contained articles by Surinamese-Dutch journalist Lou Lichtveld (later known as Albert Helman) and translations by African-American author Langston Hughes. Paradoxically, however, the magazine also featured several articles by white people who spoke condescending and paternalistic about Black people. Some did raise their hands. Melis Stoke - pseudonym of the Jewish author Herman Salomonson - wrote in it with a critical eye on the Sinterklaas tradition.
Next to the article was an illustration of a Black Sinterklaas with a white pete, much to the amazement of three white children who look at it with open mouths.

Language

Dutch

Relation

Facing Blackness is a multimedia exhibition that takes the public through the obscure history of portraying Black people from the colonial period to contemporary society. Using unique archive material and visual art, we show how anti-black racism became part of the Dutch 'cultural archive' and our everyday ideas, customs and utensils. On the other hand, the exhibition shows how there has always been 'everyday resistance' to various forms of racism and how Black people themselves have given and continue to give meaning to their culture and identity.

Source

The Black Archives

Date

April 19, 1930

Edition

NVT

Primary Author

Groene Amsterdammer

Page Count

36

Subtitle

No. 2759

Keywords

N-word, Racism, De Groene, Zwarte Piet, Black voices, Living Room

Archived By

Lieke Bremer

Citation

“Het n*g*er-nummer,” The Black Archives, accessed June 29, 2022, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/3546.
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