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Black Pete





 

Black Pete



In the Netherlands Saint Nicholas is a separate person from Santa, and like Santa has his elves, Saint Nicholas has his Zwarte Piet (Black Pete).

Dutch people will usually claim he is just covered in sod from the chimneys, but his clean clothes makes it pretty obvious Black Pete is inspired by a caricature of black people, but it should be noted that Black Pete is not supposed to be an African. It's more like a sort of magical being that has it's looks inspired by the caricature.

6th December 2012
 


283 Comments:
 
1 month ago #9178303        

@Brogard Everything is racist nowadays. Googles employees being mainly white? RACIST!!! So they are firing white people and hiring black people to "even it out, and therefore not being racist". They are sacking and choosing their employees entirely based on their race. Isn't that the definition of racism?



2 months ago #9153946        

Actually I read St Nicholas was a guy who FREED slaves and took them to work for him - that is, they got paid for their work, which was already a huge advance at that time. So maybe we should remember that instead of debating over whether they are just black from the soot... which is a senseless excuse xD



5 months ago #9105500        

soooooooo true @iNielsBoonstra



5 months ago #9086523        

It is sod from the chimneys why they are black. They simply bought new ones when that was needed, but the sod on their skin wouldn't wash of.



6 months ago #9083054        

I think Black Pete is Mr. Pop.



Merietje

17 F
6 months ago #9081042        

Because if you think about it: You must be really racist to think about slavery the moment you see a black guy. The Pieten, as Humon explained very accurately, are seen as semi-magical beings who bring candy, presents and fun. No child thinks about a black guy when they see a Piet, let alone a slave. Really.



6 months ago #9072960        

it is a for tradition for childeren dont make a big deal about it when i was small and i saw them all i thought was candy, toy's and more candy. and not slave



6 months ago #9072105        

I feel it's very racist. Traditional or not, he's "traditionally" dumb and somewhat uncivilized, and there are serious reacists out there, so giving them more material, even if it's in good humor or as a part of tradition, is ignorant. I actually liked their alternative - I know a bunch of Zwarte Piets have been painted orange or blue instead, and I'm completely fine with that.



Jacob

16 M
6 months ago #9070817        

Saint nick was black.........



Brogard

24 M
6 months ago #9070795        

Sinterklaas! I love that holiday, and stupid united nations wants to abolish it because some black people are offended -.- I feel offended myself because of that. It's like white people can't do anything that offends other skin colors but the other way around seems fine for some reason...



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