The Black Pete debate has not only sparked an (inter)national debate about Dutch racism but also exposed Dutch society’s problem with racism in the areas of education, on the labor market, ethnic profiling, in terms of gender cultural diversity and more. The debate has created space to discuss these issues and opportunities for institutional and societal change. Instead of looking at the negative side of cultural diversity, we discussed how we can use it in our benefit. What would you like to see changed and how can we make this change happen? How can we use the power of diversity on a personal level and on a collective level to stimulate change towards a more equal and inclusive society?
Renowned scholar and member of the Dutch Institute of Human Rights Philomena Essed was the keynote speaker at the conference and gave a speech titled “Share your diverse stories of resistance “. She shared her insights from her latest publication “Dutch Racism” and encouraged us to continue the struggle against resisting through the 5 R’s against racism: recognize, register, reject, replace and resilience.
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Philomena Essed holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (1990) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pretoria (2011). Dr. Essed is professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies for Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program and is an affiliated researcher for Utrecht University’s Graduate Gender program.Dr. Essed’s research and teaching transcends national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Well known for introducing the concepts of “everyday racism” and “gendered racism” in the Netherlands and internationally, her work has been adopted and applied in a range of countries, including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Australia. She has lectured in many countries – from Germany to Brazil; from South-Africa to Canada – and published numerous articles in English and in Dutch, some of which have been translated into French, German, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese. Dr. Essed has a life-long commitment to social justice. Read more about her work.