Encyclopediaof—isms

‘Blank’ (a Dutch word)

7 juni 2017

means ‘pure’, ‘clean’, ‘fair’ ‘non-tainted’, ‘unwritten’ and ‘beautiful’.

 

When in the Netherlands race relations are discussed,  ‘Blank’ is the dominating Dutch label for ‘White’. ‘Blank’ in the Dutch language means ‘pure’, ‘clean’, ‘fair’ ‘non-tainted’, ‘unwritten’ and, therefore ‘beautiful’. Blank is thus a word that is fueled with positive associations that are then connected to a white skincolor. Gradually ‘blank’ is being replaced by the more neutral term ‘wit’ (Dutch for ‘white’). However, in colloquial sense and in everyday conversations in the Netherlands, ‘Blank’ is still the preferred term.