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Black Pete Is Negative Stereotype, Amsterdam Court Rules

AFRICANGLOBE - A Dutch court has ruled that Amsterdam must re-think a racist parade in which White adults dress as Father Christmas' slaves in black-face makeup and Afro wigs. During the Christmas period, thousands of children watch adults re-enact the myth of the arrival of Sinterklaas, or St Nicholas, from Spain, who is accompanied by a flotilla of Zwarte Piets, or Black slaves, who hand out gifts.

Huge Protest Against Dutch Christmas Tradition That Denigrates Black People

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.

Denigrating Black People A Christmas Tradition In Europe

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."