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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

27 days ago #9250496        

No, black pete is a giant family how love to help sint nictolase. The early blacb petes where white, got coverd in sud, and that got in their skins. It stayde like this for the next genergtion, etc etc, only making it worse. The are NOT based of slaves.

1 month ago #9247556        

Is Black Pete supposed to be a Svartalf, perhaps?

1 month ago #9244220        

Cosmopolitan_lunatic said: "I know a bunch of Zwarte Piets have been painted orange or blue instead, and I'm completely fine with that." So now I have a picture in my mind of Braveheart handing out candy to the kiddies.


17 M
2 months ago #9230724        

it is a party for children and evryone who plays black pete always said that he is a hero for the children. Even the black children look up to him. There are just a couple of people who don't understand our culture about a man that gives children presents and his helpers who give candy. It is all blown up by the media. Only 2% of the people in the Netherlands find St. Nicholas racist. He even freed the slaves and they offerd to work for him as he was an old man.


19 M
2 months ago #9222559        

I do not see why this tradition has been labeled as racist

4 months 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?

5 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

8 months ago #9105500        

soooooooo true @iNielsBoonstra

8 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.

8 months ago #9083054        

I think Black Pete is Mr. Pop.

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