The Dutch Government Killed NiNsee

3 Jul

The Dutch government has killed NiNsee, the Nationaal instituut Nederlands slavernijverleden en erfenis, which in English translates to the National institute for Dutch Slavery History and Heritage. NiNsee organized activities in order to commemorate slavery, and celebrate the abolishment of slavery, also known as Keti Koti, on July 1st.

The Dutch government formally abolished slavery in the Dutch colonies – Suriname and the Dutch Antilles – on 1 July 1863 (after 200 years). Of course, slavery did not end with the formal abolishment.

Monument Oosterpark Website NiNsee

The Dutch Department of Education (Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap) had already informed NiNsee on its decision to stop the government grants in August 2011. The government funding represented 90% of NiNsee budget (2,2 million Euro per year). Without the government grants, NiNsee is forced to close its doors, and will do so on 1 August 2012.

The lower administrative court of Amsterdam, where NiNsee is located, ruled that the Department of Education had been entitled to notify and end the subsidies to NiNsee after 2012. The lower court ruled that because of cut-backs in government spending, the Department of Education had the right to change its subsidy policy. The court was not interested in the responsibility of the Dutch government towards the descendants of the victims of Dutch slavery, to fund NiNsee. Nor the educational value of an institute like NiNsee for all Dutch alike.

It has always been interesting to notice that when it comes to cutbacks in government spending, the descendants of the former Dutch slave colonies are the first the Dutch government thinks of. The ease in which the government has been consistently ending grants to Surinamese and Antillean organizations since the 1990s is astounding. Especially compared to the many jew and moroccan organizations that still get subsidies, the educational and cultural spending void for the Surinamese and Antillean communities is large. What group will the government turn to next, now that there are no Surinamese or Antillean organizations left to punish?

The 150 year ‘abolishment’ celebration next year (2013) has not caused the Dutch government to pause on its decision.  The institute designated to organize the event has been rendered powerless. Whatever remains of NiNsee, it will now have to do as the Dutch government dictates and keep a low profile (or better yet just die). NiNsee has become a slave (begging for humane treatment) to the Dutch slave master (the Dutch government and the corporations it protects). It is typical slave-master tactics to promise a slave freedom, but instead cut off his legs. Or kill him.


Websites in Dutch:
– NiNsee: www. (in Dutch, also some English pages)
– summary ruling lower administrative court – LJN BW9839: www (in Dutch)
– ruling lower administrative court – LJN BW9839: zoeken (in Dutch)
– letter KNAW: www (in Dutch)




5 Responses to “The Dutch Government Killed NiNsee”

  1. No Black Pete March 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Dear searchers for our Truth,

    I have noticed that some visitors to my site request some more information on NiNsee. And, I did promise that I would have something up by the end of January. However, I was unable to attend the New Year’s reception that NiNsee had organized, and I have not contacted the institute otherwise. (I am supposed to take it easy, you know.)

    So, I refer to the information on the NiNsee website. Their new location (English) and their new collaboration with Krater Bijlmerpark theater ( (Dutch) on a theater production on Black slavery and diaspora. The latter starts on March 7th, and is scheduled to end on Keti Koti (July 1st). Their Twitter site ( is in Dutch. But, I am sure that English tweets will get answered in English just fine.

    I do not know anything more than the above, as I am not on NiNsee’s pay roll.

    As information gets out on the commemoration of slavery (Keti Koti) I will post more news. I am especially interested in describing how the Dutch government relieves itself from any obligation to descendents of Black physical slavery. If they are not willing to pick up the tab for NiNsee, then paying the damages for slavery must encounter even less willingness.

    No Black Pete

  2. berealblack July 7, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    There is no safety when relying on white Pete. It does not matter what the law seems to say.

  3. berealblack July 27, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Any documents?


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