Girl Power and elections

Girl Power and elections

Girl Power and elections

Girl Power and elections

The second week of March was the week of Elvira, Laetitia and RaffaÐla. Three black women who have pioneered a place for themselves on the public stage. As far as I'm concerned, this makes them figureheads of integration and emancipation.

On March 7, the elections for the municipal and district councils in the Netherlands were held. After yanking to the right in 2002, the electorate lurched to the left with this election. In 2002 it was the migrants who had to be dealt with firmly. Once it became clear that not only the migrants were being dealt with, but also the wallet of the native middle class, white and black took unified action to give Balkenende and his associates an electoral beating. Because that was just not the intention.

In Amsterdam, the PvdA emerged as the big winner. The city instantly turned bright red. Hmmm, and I thought I lived in a black city. So no. The PvdA even won an absolute majority in 4 city districts. In principle, the left can only control there. Whether that is the right democratic way of doing things, I leave it up to you. The people have spoken.

Laetitia Griffith, the black female party leader of the VVD, lost one seat; nevertheless, the VVD had already scored in any case by placing a black woman first on its election list. The PvdA as a counterpart did not dare to put Moroccan Aboutaleb in first place; but oh well, the voter rectified this mistake by awarding him the top prize with the highest number of preference votes.

The PvdA in Zuidoost is a different story. There Elvira Sweet, black and female, is vigorously at the helm of her PvdA. She won seven seats, which means she is in charge there with her party members. Finally she could cast off the shadow of Queen Hannah Belliot. That election night on March 7 in the district office on Anton de Komplein was her coronation party!

Another kind of election was the Idols final on Saturday 11 March, where RaffaÐla, the provocative black girl from Emmen, beat Floortje, the sympathetic blonde from Almere. She entered the final as an underdog. She emerged victorious with no less than 58% of the 1,7 million votes cast. A star was born!

Elvira, Laetitia and RaffaÐla. Figureheads who profess integration and emancipation with a silent drum. Women who know how to shape the world with their talent. These women rise above issues of race, gender and religion. Now that the right is in power in the Netherlands, these kinds of women are the breath of fresh air in society. They indicate how race and gender can work to your advantage, namely by not constantly tripping over it, but wearing it like a well-fitting jacket. And that works. Because not only black people are attracted by their appearance. Whites, browns and yellows taste and see the same and have therefore voted for them en masse.

If this is the Promised (Netherlands)land in which people determine their identity through quality, then I would like to continue living there!

Clyde Echteld