Contesting the figure of Zwarte Piet as a racist icon has seemingly sparked a considerable anti-racist movement in the Netherlands. Several groups were formed that appeared to share a vision on exterminating racism in this country. Sadly, however, this shared vision is now being threatened by a divisive element: the introduction of American psychologist and motivational speaker Dr. Umar Johnson. The Black Coalition, a collective of black-only groups, has arranged for Johnson to present a couple of talks in the Netherlands. This is highly problematic because Johnson has explicitly coupled his anti-racism with derogatory views on women, biracial and LGBT people. How does homophobia, misogyny and racism help black empowerment in the Netherlands? Johnson’s homophobia comes to the fore in one of the videos on his site wherein he literally states that homosexuality constitutes a ‘mental illness’. In his view, homosexuality in black men is a result of white supremacy; it is created by white men in order to help stall black population growth. He believes it should be ‘treated’ in order to stop black men from ‘becoming’ gay.
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