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Hello, I have finished my readings from Allison Blakely’s book, “Blacks in the Dutch World: The Evolution of Racial Imagery in a Modern Society,” 1993. I took my time because the complex social, political, and cultural content that runs through the book. Many reflections are still needed. Perhaps the most surprising information, visual and textual, why the images of blacks in historical perspective were so paradoxical. It overtook, folklore, art, literature, and religious traditions well before the actual appearance of Blacks in Dutch society. And, with exception of some instances, why was so negative? Throughout my studies of Dutch art and history, I was unaware of this, but rather the rich cultural heritage the country offers and I so appreciate. Indeed, I learned and I am learning. I warmly recommend Blakely’s book, if you have not read it already. I thought I share these thoughts.