Gebruikersrecensie - Markeren als ongepast
On page 43 of his book "Blacks in the Dutch World” (1993) Allison Blakely says:
"In heathen teaching the dark also was the color of death and of winter”.
Despite that remark he concludes – without offering any evidence for his thesis – that everywhere that Dutch folklore mentions a black or a black man or a Moor, that it is about someone originating from (equatorial) Africa. It is remarkable that nobody told him that he is wrong and corrected his wrong conclusions.
Even when the fishermen that arrive in the harbor of the island Terschelling are called 'blanke negers' in the role of children scarers, Blakely erroneously and ludicrously thinks that the word 'neger' is about someone from the African continent – and than from equatorial Africa, too. (He refers for the 'Blanke Negers' to the "Volkskunde-Atlas voor Nederland en Vlaams-BelgiŽ”, p. 114, 120-122.)
One example of his other mistakes is the tale 'De Zwarte Man' (The black man) from the "Fabels- en versjesboek” (the book Fables And Verses) by J.J.A Gouverneur (Johan Jacob Antonie Goeverneur, 1809-1889). Blakely here again thinks that it is about an African man who is used as Bogey-man. However, it is manifestly clear that it is not about a negroid person, but about Zwarte Piet: the devil.
Blakely appears to have projected his own cultural prejudices onto another culture - the Dutch and European culture - that he does not understand the first thing about.