The Dutch parliament is backing a petition by three teenage women requesting the addition of racism to the school curriculum as BlackLivesMatter (BLM) corrects racial injustice further.
The trio- Veronika Vygon, Sohna Sumbunu and Lakiescha Tol – advocates that the racism be addressed is in the classroom.
The three high school graduates and friends launched a petition calling for lessons on racial discrimination to be added to the national curriculum.
Some 50,000 demonstrations early last month
They successfully collected 60,000 signatures in a few weeks and had been overwhelmed by an explosion of support from politicians, musicians and social influencers.
Mirjam de Bruijn, an anthropologist at Leiden University says the Dutch are being asked to take a more impartial look at their history, saying: “We’re still a very white nation. Our colonial legacy is visible every day in our streets. There’s an inherent racism and acceptance of inequality. Racism is inside all of us”.
Last month, Mondy Holten paid tribute to his brother where he was detained
The BLM protests in Minnesota in June saw more than 50,000 people knelt during demonstrations across the Netherlands.
The anti-racism protests said the Dutch have deaths of people who died like George Floyd, but there are still no arrests, pointing to two recent deaths in Dutch police custody.
Report said Tomy Holten died an hour after he was arrested on 14 March, after reportedly causing a nuisance in a supermarket in the central city of Zwolle.
Images appeared showing one of the arresting officers pressing his foot down on his face.
Aruba-born Mitch Henriquez died in June 2015
A poet and campaigner, Jerry Afriyie, who has been detained at a number of
Also, in 2015, Mitch Henriquez died after being arrested for allegedly claiming he had a gun at a music festival in The Hague. An officer was given a six-month suspended sentence for applying the neck grip that killed him.
The poet believes the Netherlands has problems with “white-supremacy” sentiment and he has his own experience: “I was put in a choke-hold and had to struggle for my life.”
Protesters decry institutionalised and subtle racism in the Netherlands and a disconnect between a society that preaches anti-racist and acts otherwise.
There is a distinct absence of black MPs in the current Dutch parliament. And that reflects a sense of invisibility felt by many.