Dutch anti-immigration politician
Geert Wilders has denounced the white privilege training for civil servants and
described the plan as “idiotic racism.”
Dutch left-wing politician, councilor
Sylvana Simons initiated the plan which is supported by Leftists from the
ChristenUnie, Denk, GroenLinks, Party for the Animals and PvdA.
Social affairs alderman Rutger Groot
Wassink explained that civil servants should be aware of their white and
Under the training, white civil
servants will engage in a “serious game” about their prejudice.
The game is described as follows:
“’True Color’ which is a short
15-minute game focused on awareness and Blend in, stand out – ‘Everyone Counts’
is a more extensive variant, in which a team has to perform a fictional
assignment for a day and in which digital and alternate joint reflection is
The plan also states that companies
who discriminate are being put to shame:
“The municipality sets the standard and makes
it clear that discrimination is unacceptable.”
Municipality officials plan to send
spies which are called “mystery guests” to check on companies and exclude those
who will be found guilty of discrimination against workers.
Wassink defended the use of spies in
“I am not averse to naming and
shaming but to my surprise this is a contentious issue. We don’t want to give
companies a bad name but if they continue to discriminate despite warnings the
contract should be terminated,” he told the Dutch daily.
Wassink further explained
that the plan was created to promote diversity at work because discrimination
is a current reality that is very difficult to eradicate. He said that based on a recent study made by
the universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, applicants with ethnic background
have only 40% chance of getting interviewed.
Wassink revealed that he intends to
allocate €750 000 for 2019-2020 for strategies to fight discrimination against
women, the disabled and older people too.