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Nationalism vs. Christianity

Belgium’s elections are fast-approaching. Dries Van Langenhove is heading the list for the Flemish nationalist party, Vlaams Belang (“Flemish Interest”), as an independent candidate in one of the provinces. That in itself is scary. Last year, Van Langenhove and his organisation Schild & Vrienden – “Shield & Friends”, a reference to a slogan of Flanders’ […]

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The worst reply to mentions of white privilege

“I’ve worked hard my whole life.” That’s it. The worst reply.* And yet it’s one of the replies I’ve heard the most from white people here in South Africa. What’s so bad about it? #1: Wrong topic By pointing to your working hard, you’re not addressing the issue that the words “white privilege” address. White […]

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Zwarte Piet and My Own Racist Blind Spots

In 2011, I met my South African wife in Belgium. Her friend Crystal was visiting the town where we both lived in late November that year. Both of them were absolutely shocked when they saw Zwarte Piet (or Black Pete). Blind spots Up until that point, I had never ever considered the racist implications of […]