What Happened to the Colour 'Brown'?
How come that the word ‘brown’ or ‘brown-skinned’ disappeared in the debate on racism? Is the current dichotomy ‘white/black’ being used a useful tool for fair change?
Now and in the past there have been many writers and journalists who have been ‘brown-skinned’ or ‘mixed’. They are ‘the masters of words’ and because of their sensibility for language, they are the ones I will profile: From the American writer Albert Murray to the American writer currently living in Paris, Thomas Chatterton Williams and Dutch rap artist and writer ‘Willem’ – all have and had ideas about how they themselves wanted to be named. To break the dichotomy of black and white, I will show through these writers how a broader field can be opened.
- “We waren zelfverzekerd” (De Groene Amsterdammer)
- Albert Murray