Controversial Moroccan-Dutch rapper Salah Edin recently released a new album titled Nederlands Grootste Nachtmerrie, or Netherland’s greatest nightmare. The 26 year-old artist has aroused the concerns of many, such as the National Reformist Party, which worries his music will sow hatred. Edin’s music is concerned with how he and other young Moroccans experience the Netherlands-it is anything but clogs and roses. His message: this is why young Muslims radicalize.’ Edin’s music is also about the Muslim life in Europe and its complexity. He reads the Koran yet acknowledges that many Muslim youth do not. His music also references the pleasures of a joint and beer that, although no longer part of his life, are experiences of many Muslim youth now. I want to reconcile, not polarize. But I also want men to think.
A new poll by the Reformational Newspaper and the Christian College (CHE) finds youth harbor significant biases against Muslims and immigrants. Approximately 55% of the Reformist students polled indicated negative feelings toward foreigners and Muslims. This is approximately 20 points higher than the national polling on the same issue. Other statistical findings also indicate that the National Reformist Party and its young supporters are significantly more conservative than their national peers.