Belgian "Dirty Hetero" campaign not discriminatory.Quoi/Wat?


The director of the Center for Equal Opportunities and Opposition against racism (CEOOR), a governmental agency in Belgium, has told the press that the stigmatization or discrimination of majorities is not real discrimination.

These days the CEOOR is distributing 100,000 post cards with the message "Vuile Hetero" (in Dutch) or "Sale Hétéro" (in French), which in English translates to: "Dirty Heterosexual". In a press release, the center explains that this is a "provocative boomerang campaign" intended to demonstrate "the kind of insults homosexuals are frequently subjected to".

And provocative it proved to be. The campaign led Jan Van Gucht, a 54 year old man living near the Flemish city of Kortrijk, to go to the police and file a complaint against the CEOOR. He told newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws:

"I am a heterosexual man and I did not choose to. I was born this way, and I do not want to be insulted. This campaign will increase the lack of understanding between both groups. We are too far gone when a center against discrimination, which until now I respected, is starting these kind of 'jokes'."

In the same article, CEOOR's director Jozef De Witte laughs away Van Gucht's objections:
"I have a number of experts working for me who know what discrimination is. The stigmatization of a majority is not really part of that. Discrimination is something that by definition affects minorities."

If we take De Witte at his word, the South African apartheid regime did not really discriminate against the black majority. [good point, although Meneer De Witte would probably say "oh, but that's different". Stoat.]
Marvellous. I know Belgium is a bit loopy (e.g. banning political parties and censoring views the government doesn't like), and that similar ideas have been circulating in the UK on the sly, but this is ridiculous and to come from a government organisation committed to "equal opportunities" makes it even more so.

As was mentioned in another thread, is it now time for the white heterosexual majority to demand equality ?
If we take De Witte at his word, the South African apartheid regime did not really discriminate against the black majority.

Ummm, except for the shootings, ghettoisation, torture, expropriation...Does Brussels Journal really add anything to this site? This just appears to be a Belgian version of the 80s Age Concern newspaper ads.
That's the point -- the reality of the situation is rather different from his view that discrimination is something that by definition can only affect minorities.

Plenty of people are told a similar thing today in Britain when they complain to the police that they are the victims of racial abuse for being white.

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