Dutch Newspaper Reviews Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New Book, Uses Headline, ‘N–ger …
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The images accompanying the offensively titled review included heavy doses of blackface, sparking public outrage.

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book review in NRC

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest book, Between the World and Me, has earned widespread praise across the U.S., with many nodding at Coates’ unforgiving examination of race in America.

A Dutch newspaper decided that the best way to present a review of said book was to slap the headline “Nigger, Are You Crazy?” on the view, accompanied by images of blackface figures, the Washington Post reports, sparking outage.

Following the backlash, the Post reports, Michel Krielaars, the editor of the book supplement for the newspaper, NRC Handelsb…………… continues on The Root

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The unbelievable way a Dutch newspaper covered Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book about race
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On July 31, Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsbad published a book-review package on race and racism in America, written by Washington correspondent Guus Valk, leading with an examination of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me. Mystifyingly, the paper’s editors thought it might be appropriate, perhaps clever or ironic, to incorporate the n-word into the headline:

The accompanying art is salt in the wound—a clownish characterization of blackness, uncomfortably reminiscent of Zwarte Piet, a notoriously racist Dutch holiday figure.

Critical response was worldwide and furious. NRC has since removed the offending artwork from its website, with book-reviews editor Michel Krielaars offering a petulant explanation for the retraction: to avoid “offending non-Dutch speakers who only read Twitter.” A version of the illustration still appears on NRC’s online reader-app, however.

(Guus Valk, for what it’s worth, has taken to his Twitter account

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