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AFRICANGLOBE - Last week, a Dutch court ruled that the depiction of Black Pete is, in fact, racist. The court determined that the character was “a negative stereotype of Black people”. Soon after, the council of Amsterdam filed an appeal against the verdict arguing that the stereotype of Black Pete wasn’t negative.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday to the delight of thousands of children. But some adults protested vigorously against one element of the beloved tradition they find racist: his servant/slaves in blackface makeup, Black Pete.