In his opinion article, managing director and assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam Mark van Ostaijen argues that institutional racism must be understood as a societal issue. Instead of individualizing collective patterns, it is important to be aware of the unintended side effects of our daily action. The produced and reproduced unconscious actions, emotions and behavior contributes to systematic forms of racism, discrimination and exclusion which can be seen as value driven societal structures. It is therefore important to acknowledge that the current protests are an expression of a collective and international discontent which transcends the individual.
Read the full article (in Dutch) here