Share article:
Share article:

Racist graffiti tags in Brussels call for racism awareness

Instagram of inspi.brussels
Instagram of inspi.brussels

On thirty different locations all over Brussels, the movement Fifty Shades of Racism used graffiti tags to show that racism is a daily reality for many people. Racist statements like “Tu es belle pour une noire” (You are pretty for a black girl) and “Papa m’a dit que tous les Arabes sont terroristes” (Daddy told me that all Arabs are terrorists) are found all over the city, applied as biodegradable ‘clean tags’, as a part of an awareness project.

“We are a group of ten young people who want to make the population aware of the impact of racism through art, photography and social media,” said Gaëlle van Rosen, who launched the movement because she says she is often the victim and/or witness of racism, reported Bruzz. She wants to make clear that racism is not something exceptional, but a daily reality for many people, she added.

With the approaching elections on 26 May, van Rosen thought it was time to take action and raise awareness among the population. “Unfortunately, extremist parties are doing very well in Europe. I want to encourage people to vote for diversity,” she said to Bruzz.

“Today we are holding a major campaign with discriminatory statements that we, unfortunately, hear very often in Brussels, such as “Go back to Africa”. The sentences are all taken from testimonies that Van Rosen recorded on video and placed on the Instagram page fifty_shades_of_racism. By doing this, Van Rosen wants to give a voice to the people who are victims of racism.

The tags also serve as an announcement for the large exhibition on 24 May that Fifty Shades of Racism is organizing in collaboration with the Inside Out Project at the Mont des Arts in Brussels. “I have made more than five hundred portraits of people in Brussels who want to stand up to racism. Those portraits are printed in large formats from one metre to one and a half metres and will occupy the entire Mont des Arts,” said van Rosen to Bruzz.

According to her, it is necessary to confront people with the consequences of discrimination. “By bringing people into contact with the story and suffering of others, I think we can eliminate many prejudices,” she added.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Masks reintroduced indoors, teleworking encouraged
Masks will again be mandatory inside shops and other indoor public spaces, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced in a press conference on ...
Belgium intends to activate the pandemic law, says Health Minister
"We intend to activate the pandemic law," Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke confirmed on Tuesday in the House committee, ahead of Tuesday's ...
Offers for fake Covid Safe Tickets circulating on social media
As the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) becomes mandatory in many places across Belgium, offers for forgeries are increasingly circulating on social media. ...
EU auditors: More worried about the future budget than about pervasive errors in the 2020 budget
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) have signed off the 2020 EU accounts as giving a true and fair view of the union’s financial position but like ...
Belgium aims to tackle sexual violence with video interrogations
The federal government is looking to tackle sexual violence and increase convictions connected to this crime by relying more heavily on video ...
Duvel celebrates 150th anniversary with special brew in commemorative bottle
Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat Brewery is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the release of a special brew in a commemorative bottle shaped like its ...
Pollution scandal: 3M to show emissions don’t pose risk or halt production
Flanders has ordered American company 3M, involved in a pollution scandal in Antwerp, to prove that emissions linked to its production activities do ...
The Netherlands fears a greater rise in sea levels than forecast
Sea levels could rise by up to two metres by 2100 on the Dutch coastline – far more than previously forecast – according to an announcement from the ...
The Smurfs return to Belgian TV with the first new show since 1989
A new Smurfs show is bringing the characters of Belgium's second-most-famous comic franchise back to the small screen with their first new series, 30 ...
On this day in Brussels: An entrepreneurial journey begins
The Rue Dansaert was just beginning to become trendy when Alain Coumont opened his first bakery here on 26 October 1990. He started by baking big ...
Almost half of Belgian subsidies from EU left unused
Belgium left almost half (49%) of its subsidies allocated by the European Union between 2013 and 2020 unused, the equivalent of around €1.375 ...
Visitors to embark on Orient Express adventure at Brussels exhibition
An exhibition dedicated to the Orient Express – the train that was the scene for many novels, including Agatha Christie's – allows visitors to ...