At the Forum for Democracy, they have the right experts in Dutch culture

Rebellion in the House of Representatives. FvD MP Freek Jansen believes that the Netherlands has been spoiled by the middle parties by opening its borders. A quarter of the population has now been replaced by migrants and in the second half of the next century, ‘we’ will become a minority in our own country, says Jansen. It’s actually old news: the PVV has for some time been calling for ‘Dutch’ to soon be ‘populated’ in their own country. As is often the case: It takes a while before you understand exactly what is going on here: the Forum for Democracy – and the PVV – have real experts in Dutch culture.

When Thierry Baudet was still a novice politician, it was about ‘homeopathic dilution’ and ‘a dominant white Europe’. These statements clearly showed that Baudet understands Dutch culture well: one can well say that kind of thing. There is indeed some fuss, and one is reminded a few times, but otherwise there is nothing to worry about. Fact: With those statements, you could be a fairly ordinary party, a treasure trove of talk show editors, and the largest party in the country (in 2019). No extremist aftertaste anywhere. Of some left-leaning types of course, but no one listens to it anyway.

Why is Jansen talking about four million Dutch people, as if they actually belong somewhere else? The reason is that these views resonate with how hundreds of thousands, if not millions of white Dutch people have long felt about their fellow citizens. After all, there is a name for them: immigrants. Officially, it means that someone was born somewhere else or has a foreign parent, but in practice the meaning is completely different: Anyone who is not white can simply be called an immigrant. No one is looking up. Not even the English translation of that term: foreign.

In the Netherlands, many fellow citizens call foreigners when they are not at all

Try to explain this to real foreigners: In the Netherlands, many fellow citizens call foreigners when they are not at all. This has a number of consequences: Non-white MPs can be presented here as Turkish or Moroccan, while they were born in the Netherlands and have a Dutch passport. Suddenly one also understands the trouble around demonstrations against Zwarte Piet. If non-white Dutch are foreign, so are anti-Black Pete activists. They come, so to speak, from abroad to destroy Dutch traditions. Recognizing the past of slavery, the same: why do ‘strangers’ demand it of us?

People who are truly foreign often do not understand this urge to place people with a migration background in a separate category. These backgrounds are irrelevant, they are all Dutch, and these people are certainly not foreigners at all. Yet many continue to do so. Anyone who argues for the abolition of this miserable distinction is met with lots of criticism, for sure: this is how a piece of Dutch cultural heritage is broken down. You should be able to keep calling colored Dutch foreigners, even if they are not. As a white Dutchman, this is not your problem.

At the Forum for Democracy, they have understood this flawlessly: In the Netherlands, many people do not live through the rule of law and the constitution. In school, there is too little attention to it, political debates are hardly discussed and these concepts are never used in everyday conversations. Let alone that people confront each other about that kind of thing. Misunderstandings about who belongs and does not belong in the Netherlands continue to circulate forever and are hardly corrected or not at all. It is logical that sooner or later parties will emerge that try to make political money out of it.

Forum should also think a little about its own political future: When the corona is over in a few years, they can simply go back to what they started with: homeopathic dilution. As long as no one intervenes, it will remain easy in the Netherlands to get votes.

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