Okapi Aalst regrets polemic after heavy criticism from Antwerp Giants player Mwema: “Black Pete is not based on racism for us”


Okapi Aalst regrets the Zwarte Piet polemic and emphasizes not to allow any form of racism. The club announced this in a press release.

Patrick Ceulemans

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“The Okapi Aalst club respects the opinion of basketball player Jean-Marc Mwema, but regrets that without prior dialogue, the player in question placed the club in an unjustified negative light through social media.”

“There has been no conscious act of preaching racism. On the contrary, the club has been pursuing a social policy for years that bans any form of racism. After all, we have great respect for American basketball players, they are one of us. ‘Aal tesaumen’ is the slogan that we invariably use for a reason.”

“For us, the tradition of Zwarte Piet is not based on any form of racism. Aalst, its inhabitants and its DNA are naturally more rebellious. White or black, gray often does not exist. Okapi Aalst would be happy to clarify both points of view in a personal conversation with Jean-Marc. As far as the club is concerned, we repeat one last time that racism is not the basis here.”


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