Monday 1 June will go down in the history books as the renaissance of our time. Black, white, gay, straight, transgender, able-bodied and disabled people of all ages spoke out against institutional racism in the Netherlands and global police brutality. And that, in the middle of a time when the corona virus had taken over our daily lives and society had come to a standstill.
The renaissance literally means rebirth and that is what is happening with the black community right now. People are born again, and relationships change. This isn’t the first time black people have revolted, but it’s the first time it happened all over the world at the same time.
Social media has ensured that the world is smaller than ever, and that people can be held accountable for their actions and deeds. Renaissance is not just another performance about racism. Renaissance is the performance that breaks patterns and looks from a historical point of view at events where black people rioted before. The Rodney King riots are a good example. The Renaissance is the story that fraternizes, tears apart and makes people mentally free.