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Huge Protest Against Dutch Christmas Tradition That Denigrates Black People

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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

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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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