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Are We Ever Going To See The End Of Europe’s Racist...

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AFRICANGLOBE - In December the Netherlands' version of Christmas, Sinterklaas, is welcomed with Santa Claus, chocolate, presents and... blacked up ‘elves’. According to the original tale, ‘Black Pete’ acts as Santa Claus’s slave and does his dirty work. Since the 1850s, Dutch people have painted themselves black, worn curly wigs, donned red santa outfits and overdrawn their lips to create the black caricature on Sinterklaas. He is feared by Dutch children, who are told that he will kidnap or hit naughty children, while good children will get treats from Santa.

90 Arrested As Protesters Clash With Black Pete Proponents

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AFRICANGLOBE - A pre-Christmas children’s gathering in the Netherlands, held to celebrate the arrival of St. Nicholas, was broken up by clashes Saturday after demonstrators objected to a blackface character named Black Pete. At least 90 people were arrested in the cheesemaking town of Gouda,

Dutch Abandon Racist “Black Pete” Tradition

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AFRICANGLOBE - Black Pete, the jolly slaves of the Dutch Saint Nicholas, is finally getting a facelift after years of bitter debate including death threats against those calling for change. An Amsterdam court's ruling in July that Pete - traditionally dressed in a gaudy medieval costume with a blackened face, red lips and an afro wig - is a 'negative stereotype' encouraged many to try to change the deeply rooted custom.

Netherlands: Racist Christmas Character Black Pete To Be Given Makeover

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AFRICANGLOBE - According to Dutch folklore Black Pete, traditionally depicted by White actors in blackface, bright red lipstick and black curly afro hair, is the slave of Father Christmas and has been a central figure of Christmas celebrations in the Netherlands and Flanders since the 18th century.

Denigrating Black People A Christmas Tradition In Europe

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AFRICANGLOBE - As is the tradition on Dec. 5 in The Netherlands and Belgium, many children will receive gifts from Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas. But there's another, more recent tradition that accompanies the holiday as well: the debate over Sinterklaas's traditional helper, Zwarte Piet, or "Black Pete."
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