It is a recurring pattern in the Netherlands as we reach 4 and 5 May: Who is included and who is excluded from whom we commemorate? Let’s examine indirect knowledge transmission in South Africa and how this translates into the Dutch context.
The attacks in Paris made my heart go out to Dutch citizens with a Moroccan or Turkish ethnic background. What influence does all this have on them?
Belonging is a contested issue in the Netherlands. Those who define their identity in ethnic terms are treated with distrust. Why do individuals at times define themselves as ‘Moroccan’ or ‘Turkish’ and does it really make them any less Dutch?