Saturday, March 10, 2012

“Negro Day” in The Netherlands. But is it funny?

Text on T-shirt:  Love your Negro
Black Dutch comedian Howard Komproe thought it was a good idea to have a Negro Day on March 9th. In Dutch the number 9 is pronounced as ‘negen’, so it rhymes with the Dutch word Neger, or in English Negro.

So he thought if you have a Warm Sweater day, a Redhead Day, or a woman’s day, why not have a Negro day. So Happy Negro day! But is it funny?

On his website negerdag.nl he writes. "Our motto is, 'Love your Negro', on this day everyone may act as negro. Or at least the way most people think negroes behave. So for lunch, or breakfast go to KFC, get yourself a gold teeth, don't work hard, visit your mistress before you go home and don't be ashamed for your .....

Twitter your negro adventures, the best Negro tweets will win a unique Negro day T-shirt." He offers T-shirts with slogans as 'My father is a negro', 'My mother love negroes', 'I wish I was a negro' and a cliché Negro slogan.

He received a lot of negative responses and in a poll 59% of the readers of a large newspaper said they were not amused.

I know Howard. And sometimes he is funny, but this isn't one of his moments. Of course there is a sense of humour in this. And humour can be the perfect way to diffuse words, or situations, we feel uncomfortable with. But if he feels he can do some diffusing because he is black, then he is wrong.

I am sure he remembers the scene in one of Holland’s most popular TV shows where two Dutch female comedians showed one of their most favourite acts, the negro puppet.

In the program the women say they first planned to ride on a ostrich, but someone told them 'no', ride a on negro instead. The audiance was amused and Dutch host says, if find it very funny. I am sure Howard knows the show and the two Dutch women personally, since they are also comedians.

Check out the video.


My point is, if these scenes in a show are considered funny in the Netherlands, then a black person doesn't have to organise a Happy Negro Day for the Dutch public. So we don't need Howard Komproe, because obviously white Dutch comedians can do it themselves and have fun with it, their way.

12 comments:

  1. Really? No, I don't find much humor in this. Fail.

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  2. I don't find much humor in this at all either, Alisha. Especially when you consider that he straightens his hair, the tell-tale sign of a self-loather.

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  3. Alisha and Truth2011, I don't like it either, but jokes made about black people by black people are sometime humorous. But in this case he asks Dutch people to make fun of a stereotypical black image, while he apparently doesn’t take into consideration that white Dutch comedians feel free to make racist jokes in theatre shows and TV programs. So I don't think this is funny.

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  4. I found this idea funny. Often, we Blacks, we lack humor. For anything, we cry racism.Let laugh a little bit, it is good for health!

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  5. Blacks lacking humour???????

    Now that made me laugh I think we have too much humour, all we do is laugh at ourselves and white people laugh too they laugh at us acting the coon, look at all the black comedy shows most of them show black people in a bad light.

    I don't think this is funny at all, in fact to me it's racist and the reason why is this, the way white people see black people is negative, so the whole day is going to white people promoting negative black sterotypes not postive. Is that good for young black children growing up. I don't think so. If he said something like OK lets have a postive negro day, where we promote all the great things black people have brought to the world, have influenced and the black heroes throughout history it would be different. I wanna slap this guy

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    1. dude you took the words right out of my mouth.there seem to be a LOT of just "joking around" when it comes to talking about black people.but what it really is,is racism with a blanket covered over it.the sad part is a lot of black people are running around and going along with this.like black face.back in the day,everyone,white&black knew that was a problem.it was degrading and it was based off of stereotypes.now that's quietly making a comeback.and of course,the cover up is "it's just joke".i wonder how far we'll let white people go,before we as a people stand up and say,okay that's enough of that.and your right,why can't we uplift the POSITIVE things that the black race does?? why only the negative?? all this promotes is stereotype and stupidity.why black people aren't getting together and saying no,this is wrong is beyond me.i wonder what it will take,to really make us stand up for ourselves.

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  6. Not funny at all. This is not a case of "black people can't laugh at themselves." This is a case of all the stereotypes we've fought to overcome, at least those of us with dignity, he is perpetrating and saying it's okay to make fun of blacks, as if they were buffoons. Way to strengthen the community. It's personally offensive to me, even if it's not to anyone else.

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    1. Charles, I understand that you are angry about this video, but try to use non-offensive language to comment on this.

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  8. Not funny, and they know its not funny. They do this to make themselves feel better. You hate what you can't become. When you were a kid, who got teased and bullied? Normally the shy, smart, pretty girl or the so called "nerdy" kid. They weren't bullied because they were smart or nerdy. It had nothing to do with them and everything to do with the insecurities of the aggressor. I recommend anyone interested in further study about why there are instances of this blatant racism to read Frances Cress Welsing's "The Isis Papers" a classic psychological examination of so called white supremacy.

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  9. You guys all sound so stupid, you are all probably all american who think that whenever you say anyting about black people it is racist. In holland it it not considered close to as bad to say negro as in america so you shouldnt judge other countries because you goverment had ben drumming political corectness into your mind.

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    1. Anonymous, I am from the Netherlands, born and raised in Amsterdam. Perhaps Americans seem sometimes oversensitive when it come to race, but it’s not without reason. Racism is the US is totally different than in the Netherlands.

      But you're right, it is not so bad to say negro in The Netherlands as in American. And it's ok in the Netherlands for a white woman to sit on a negro doll as if she was sitting a on running negro (see the video in the post). It’s clear Black people in The Netherlands swallow everything and are afraid to be confronted with racism. To diffuse the word negro they invented “Negro Day”, hoping that it didn’t sounded racist anymore. Now who is stupid, Americans or Dutch people?

      You think you're expert on Holland when in comes to racism? Think again.

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