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Mainstreaming the “Other”

[caption id="attachment_27" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Prem Radhakishun, former host of PREMtime faces the camers of young people in the Netherlands"][/caption] Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Prem Radhakishun is a TV celebrity in Holland. Until recently he was the host of PREMtime, a program on Dutch public televison. Being among the few non-white personalities on Dutch TV, outspoken, intelligent,... Read More

Complexities of Media Diversity in the Netherlands

[caption id="attachment_33" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Media Park in Hilversum, the Netherlands"][/caption]   Hilversum, the Netherlands: Hilversum is the media capital of the Netherlands all because a housekeeper refused to move to the capital city. According to a little-known story; the man (he lived in Eindhoven, 150 km south of Amsterdam) who got the license to operate the... Read More

Does “race” Matter?

Stockholm, Sweden: Majestic. Beautiful. Historic. Changing. Swedes have a wonderful word that expresses diversity: the “mangfald”, or “the “many-ness”. Immigration is quickly changing this “global city” and forcing many to confront a new mangfald – Sweden’s multicultural, multi-ethnic reality. Nowhere is this more evident than in media – in particular the public broadcaster, SVT, which has a policy for... Read More

A Culturally Competent City

As cities become more and more culturally diverse, it is vital that all residents are encouraged to become part of the life and fabric of that city. More importantly, cities must develop policies and practices that include all of its residents. Like many organizations, cities tout their diverse population as an asset. For example, the motto of... Read More

Racial Profiling

Racial profiling is one issue that can ignite emotions and inflame situations; partly because the allegations strike at the very core of our personal beliefs and partly because it is so difficult to prove or disprove. Who knows what runs through a cop’s mind when making split-second decisions to stop and/or detain someone? What role... Read More