A Question of Diversity: Black Consciousness from the Perspective of Dutch Antillean Youth

Repeating Islands

complexiteit-van-Erzulie-klein-230x150In “A Question of Diversity: Black Consciousness from the Perspective of Dutch Antillean Youth” [Het diverse zwarte bewustzijn van Antilliaanse Jongeren] published on April 6, 2013, Francio Guadeloupe, a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam, discusses various perspectives of black consciousness, comparing the viewpoints of scholars and activists to those of Caribbean youth— including Rastafarians, Vodoun practitioners, Christians, Afrocentric, and faranduleros. Here are excerpts of the full translation (by Lisa Post).

On the 30th of May in 1969, the black population (read dark brown skinned population with Afro-textured hair) of Curacao were so angry and fed up with the oppressive behavior of white Dutch (read pink skinned European Dutch which are hailed as natives) that they sought to burn Willemstad, their own capital, to the ground. Until today however, still no resolution has been found. Clearly this Dutch Kingdom on paper is dysfunctional, but the…

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