Article 1 of the Dutch Constitution

1 Dec

Article 1
All persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted.

Article 1 of the Dutch Constitution stands for equality before the law and the prohibition of race discrimination. However, when it comes to Sinterklaas en zwarte piet (Santa Claus and black pete) the Dutch act as if article 1 only applies to the white Dutch. They consider their blatant exhibition of racism in the form of their blackfaced white petes – and thus ridiculing Black people as a whole – as their constitutional right, instead of a violation of other people’s human rights. Especially the Black Dutch from the former Caribbean colonies are not entitled to equality before the law nor can they successfully claim protection against race discrimination.

The Dutch government upholds the violation of Black people’s human rights by allowing for the caricature black pete images to be exhibited in public places such as government buildings and public schools, and in public media. The government advocates display of the offensive images in shops, work places, and commercial media.

Furthermore, the police have the formal mandate to beat up and incarcerate Black protestors who dare point out the blatant racism, thus making sure that the message that there is no equality before the law, gets received hard and clear. Never mind that the police brutality goes against article 6 (the right to manifest beliefs freely) and article 11 (inviolance of the body) of the Dutch Constitution.

Since there are anti-discrimination bureaus – and even a Human Rights Watch – in the Netherlands, one would think that they would have picked up on the blatant racism by now. But, not a word on their websites. They are too busy writing about gay rights and collecting the trophies they hand out among themselves. They probably do not want to lose their subsidies for actually doing their jobs. The arab director of the anti-discrimination bureau showed no shame in blaming the victims. She claimed that Black people have had no complaints when it comes to the travesty. And worse, Black people supposedly enjoyed celebrating racism too. She had nothing to say on the violation of constitutional rights, nor International and European Human Rights.

Article 1 forbids discrimination, but allows for affirmative action. Before the white Dutch even dare to brand their racism as affirmative action, it should be pointed out explicitly that the people blackening their faces and dancing around like clowns, are white. No Black people are employed. However, it is hard to imagine a Black person desperate enough to want to be a black pete.

Thus, the Dutch Constitution seems only applicable to white Dutch. “In equal circumstances” seems to indicate that one has to be white to get treated equal to white Dutch. When it comes to other Dutch people there is no such thing as equality before the law or protection against race discrimination by those protected by the law. It is bad enough that covert race discrimination is rampant and without direct consequences for the perpetrators. But, when even overt race discrimination is promoted through organized police brutality and empty words from other government branches, then the Dutch should just remove “race” from article 1 of our white Dutch Constitution, and get real about their only law called white supremacy.



10 Responses to “Article 1 of the Dutch Constitution”

  1. Black Sam December 6, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Tell them! There should be more people writing about these hypocrits.

  2. No Black Pete July 27, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    The Constitution of the Netherlands is the fundamental law of the the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The present constitution has been derived from the one issued in 1815, constituting a constitutional monarchy. A revision in 1848 instituted a system of parliamentary democracy (still monarch). In 1983 a major revision of the constitution was undertaken in which the text of the constitution was modernized and new civil rights were added, along with a number of other changes (e.g. abolishing the death penalty under all circumstances and officially naming Amsterdam as the capital). The text is very sober, devoid of legal or political doctrine. It includes a bill of rights. The constitution prohibits the judiciary to test laws and treaties against the constitution, as this is considered a prerogative of the legislature. Thus there is no constitutional court in the Netherlands. The Kingdom of the Netherlands also includes Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten: there is an overarching constitution of the entire kingdom: the Statute of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

  3. No Black Pete July 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    As might have become clear from my later posts, the legal system has nothing to do with human rights. The legal system protects the perpetrators. If you want protection from the Dutch government or the corporations that run it, then you need to pay up. If you want protection from the police, then you are out of luck. They color profile in the same way as they do in the US and UK. Driving while Black is not as dangerous as in the States, but it can get really expensive. They take your money through fines, but do not offer the protection that should come with it.
    I got bored with the legal System, but I will be writing about it again soon enough.

  4. 0biw4ns1ut0bi August 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Are you serious? There is a whole story behind this. Saint Nicholas saved a black boy from the slave market to set him free. You can’t possibly think celebrating this is racism!

    • No Black Pete August 15, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      That is very interesting. “Saint Nicholas saved a black boy from the slave market.” I am really interested in the words “Saint”, “saved”, “black boy”, and “slave market”. And then your denial of the system of white supremacy.

  5. 0biw4ns1ut0bi August 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    You know what’s the worst part of all this? It is as if you strongly believe that everything good and holy in this world only has dark skin. This is however far from the truth. I don’t understand how someone could possibly believe that their skintone has any significance in how much of a person they are. Personality counts for all. If you have an ugly personality, then that’s exactly what you are! I am not as dumb to be ignorant to racism, however. It has been among us for 500 years. I do not claim I will ever know what it feels like when you are being called by the N word to be insulted for your skintone. It does however personally infuriate me when someone would do that, even when a black man calls himself by that particular name.

    • No Black Pete August 15, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Your comment does not address the article.
      In other articles I have addressed the ugly nature (personality) of white Pete plentiful. Instead of pointing at those pointing it out, what are you going to do about that ugly nature?

  6. No Black Pete August 20, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Much appreciated. Utter confusion is the name of the game. Peace.

  7. 0biw4ns1ut0bi October 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I have officially signed a petition against Black Pete, this is the 21st century and Saint Nicholas Day is too much of a throwback to Slavery to be acceptable. Too many Dutch people are complaining about how it’s a tradition and how it should be protected, but I don’t believe it should. This needs to stop.


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