Dutch company to hire only white workers

In the Netherlands, Santa gets plenty of help from "Black Pete." (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)

In the Netherlands, Santa has plenty of workers known as "Black Pete." (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: My Dutch is weak, but it appears the business owner that created a week-long stir by advertising for “white-only” workers did it as a stunt to draw attention to discrimination in the Netherlands. Here is a story, in Dutch, that says that … I think. I would like to thank our many Dutch readers for pointing this out to me.

ORIGINAL COLUMN …

As any European will happily tell you, the U.S. is culturally backwards and wrong about most everything, including healthcare, military spending, global politics and, most especially, race relations.

I was once asked “Why is everyone here so racist?” by a young Russian woman who had emigrated to America to marry a retired Georgian with a riding lawn mower.

My answer then: Racism occurs everywhere, unfortunately, but Americans talk about discrimination more openly.

People in the Netherlands seem to be headed in the opposite direction of tolerance.

The Christian Science Monitor reports a company there is advertising it will only hire white workers.

“White workers are better than non-white workers,” said Wesley de Laat, owner of Budget Cleaning Brabant, when advertising on Facebook and in newspapers.

“I don’t discriminate,” said de Laat. “I just don’t invite them for interview. Poles, Moroccans, any non-whites, are not going to be hired to work for this company. Achmed and Ali are probably very good people, but I don’t want them working for me.

De Laat says he is only being honest with job candidates.

“Other companies are hypocrites. They tell non-white candidates they don’t fit within ‘the company profile’. At least I tell them straight up. People of colour need not apply – even if they have Dutch passports.”

Budget Cleaning, which only has nine full-time employees, even refuses non-white customers.

The small company is not alone in its hiring practices.

Recently, the Dutch Human Rights Council reported “explosive growth” in complaints of discrimination – it was up 75 per cent from 2012 to 2013. Half the complaints were work-related. “Exclusion takes place at entry level to the labor market. Companies are refusing to accept people on work experience, for example, because of their skin color or because they wear headscarves,” the report said.

The Dutch Human Rights Council says discrimination is not necessarily on the rise, but the nature of discrimination is changing. “It’s becoming more visible, and people are being more open about it,” said Marysha Molthoff.

More visible?

Mrs. Molthoff must be new, or she’s somehow missed the annual Dutch Christmas tradition of “Black Pete,” Santa’s little slave helper in blackface.

According to a 2013 survey, 92 percent of Dutch don’t perceive Black Pete as racist and 91 percent are opposed to altering the character’s appearance.

It’s not just Dutch employers embracing racism. The anti-immigrant Freedom Party has been consistently topping the polls in the Netherlands and its leader, Geert Wilders, leads racist chants at political rallies.

Wilders, who may soon be charged with “incitement to hatred” for the second time, recently asked a crowd of supporters, “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?”

“Fewer, fewer, fewer,” the Dutch crowd chanted.

“Then we’re going to organize it,” promised Wilders, whose party is expected to take control of Parliament after May elections.

My history may be off, but isn’t popular support of racism what gave the world Nazis and apartheid?

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26 comments Add your comment

BenDaho

April 14th, 2014
10:52 am

It looks like diversity is not being fully appreciated in Dutchland.

Dandrew

April 14th, 2014
10:58 am

Not sure how Poles don’t count as white. I would think it would be hard to be much more white than the Polish.

Roekest

April 14th, 2014
11:00 am

It’s not surprising in Holland and Europe at large where an immigration explosion from North Africa and the Middle East is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of Europeans. They usually come pretty poor, can’t find work (like lots of young Europeans), and end up turning once-decent neighborhoods into their ghettos.

And BenDaho…..it’s the Netherlands. Nice try though.

ABC

April 14th, 2014
11:09 am

I used to attend a Christian Reform Church. The CRC hails from the Netherlands and a lot of the members were Dutch descendants. They had a saying: “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much”.

I guess I now see where it comes from.

Kenn

April 14th, 2014
11:21 am

Remember, it was the Dutch who iniated the African slave trade.

cgatlanta

April 14th, 2014
11:33 am

“There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch.”

Bumper

April 14th, 2014
11:39 am

Chicago Sun-Times kills reader comments because people are such jerks”

That one, in George’s “more news” menu, grabbed my attention. Hopefully it’s not a preview of coming attractions. AJC already decided that so many online comments were jerk-like that you’re now required to pre-register before posting on the other blogs (Bookman etal).

BenDaho

April 14th, 2014
11:39 am

Ent
Roekest

April 14th, 2014
11:00 am

It’s not surprising in Holland and Europe at large where an immigration explosion from North Africa and the Middle East is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of Europeans. They usually come pretty poor, can’t find work (like lots of young Europeans), and end up turning once-decent neighborhoods into their ghettos.

But it WILL work in the United States. It won’t drive wages down for American workers. It won’t cost Americans job opportunities. Our friends in Washington have promised.

Sluggo

April 14th, 2014
11:41 am

Finally, a job (photo) Bernie wouldn’t get immediately fired from?

Dasdguy

April 14th, 2014
11:42 am

dutch think most americans are racist as much as most americans think the dutch sport wooden footwear.

Double Standard

April 14th, 2014
11:44 am

They will figure it out if an organised boycott takes effect and starts impacting company profits. Some things you should keep to yourself if you have to depend on customers to bring you their money

Don't Tread

April 14th, 2014
11:51 am

If there were ever a news story tailor-made to light Bernie’s fuse, this one is it.

And why on earth is the IRS still using Windows XP after updates and support have been cut off? Oh, wait…

HypoRICHT

April 14th, 2014
12:00 pm

This company should do extremely well.

Legolas

April 14th, 2014
12:15 pm

Casually Google search: Black Magazines White Magazines.

White Businesses Black Businesses

Black Neighborhoods White Neighborhoods

Maybe all white by default, except if it’s black? I wonder what http://www.google.nl would find under the same search (if you could read it)? Ever the curious one.

DownTown

April 14th, 2014
12:18 pm

Don’t they Dasdguy? And wear lederhosen? and make chocolate? and fix leaks in dikes?

BenDaho

April 14th, 2014
12:18 pm

Double Standard

April 14th, 2014
11:44 am

They will figure it out if an organised boycott takes effect and starts impacting company profits. Some things you should keep to yourself if you have to depend on customers to bring you their money

If they don’t care about not doing business with non-whites, it would take whitey to protest and boycott which I doubt will happen. It just goes to show, you can promote diversity but you can’t force people to integrate with different ethnicities.

gdfo

April 14th, 2014
12:28 pm

Long ago the Dutch people who lived in an area of what as called New Amsterdam would refer to Englishmen in a derogatory way. Many of the Englishmen were named John and like most English people they loved and ate cheese. The Dutch insult was to call an Englishman a ‘john cheese’. It was a put down. In Dutch language it looks more like Yon Chees. It sounds like Yon keese. Later on it became shortened to Yankees.

So, go to the Atlanta Airport and try to get a job? Go the the City of Atl and try to get a job. Lots of people are only comfortable in hiring people whoi are like them. It is not all ‘racism’. Why should a Polish company who specializes in making real Polish saugage hire an African if they can get a real Pole who has eaten and/or made Polish saugage their whole life?

Go to an Oriental restaurant. How many faces there do you see that are NOT oriental?

Take a break.

chi

April 14th, 2014
12:29 pm

It goes to show that we need a “Freedom Party” in Georgia. Could help out with getting some of the undeserving/unqualified off of food stamps and the other government “give-away” programs. I’m sick of seeing my tax money going for food stamps and now to subsidize health care for the ones who won’t work.

Texas Pete

April 14th, 2014
1:04 pm

Their sports teams must SUCK. From Basketball to Cricket!

lapsy

April 14th, 2014
1:19 pm

Is not new there is a company in Africa that specialize in digging diamond,gold,silver etc. only hires blacks only so what does that tell you.Is all about trust .

Roekest

April 14th, 2014
1:21 pm

@ gdfo

Lots of Americans would be surprised to know just how many “American” things are Dutch (thanks to New Amsterdam): coleslaw, the word “cookies”, apple pie, etc. My people might be lauded for many things, but we did create a big part of the American way of life.

Hup Hup!

Anton Chigurh

April 14th, 2014
1:27 pm

To be correct, the headline should read, “hire only,” not “only hire.” Thanks.

Dasdguy

April 14th, 2014
2:17 pm

@downtown

Additionally the more recent ‘glow in the dark roads’.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27021291

motocross survivor

April 14th, 2014
2:42 pm

The Russian woman’s question has a simple answer: there are more races here in America. People are tribal by nature. Even though efforts are made to force people from different races and cultures together to “celebrate diversity,” it goes against basic human nature. Live with it.

tarbaby

April 14th, 2014
2:49 pm

Guess this means that all Dutch Chocolate will be WHITE Chocolate…Shame on them.. I like Dutch Chocolate

Boxtradamus

April 14th, 2014
3:10 pm

The weather has turned cold again in Illinois, thus Bernie31 has gone back into hibernation lol.