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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

Tagged in Netherlands Neatherlands South Africa

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4 months ago #9413200        
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These days Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet is just a children's feast. But too many grow-ups are being overly dramatic about it. Most "black" people i know have no problem whatsoever with Zwarte Piet, especially because he is more or less the star of the birthday. Kids like them the most.
It's just the weird USAmericans that can't deal with their own racism problems and like to point to some little country (with more freedom) as to distract attention from itself...

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10 months ago #9352094        
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@Ixion (idk how to respont so hope this works xD)
How can you say it is racist?
We are not sayin every black person dresses up like that, we say all black piets do,
It is a tradition, we are not teaching the children too tell them off or to despise them,
When i was a kid, i liked the black piets more then sinterklaas,
For someone who didnt even experience it, you have a big opinion
Saying this is racist is an easy judgement and from my point of vieuw not true.
I grew up with this, and am never was or will be a racist.



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11 months ago #9336185        
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When I was a child who still believed in Sinterklaas and black Pete, I never thought that black Pete was "the dumb person" or anything. And I'd think that if black Pete becomes forbidden and suddenly gets replaced by color Petes or something like that, children would only start to think black people are bad because they're not allowed anymore.



6 months ago #9392849        
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his origin is (also) the Moorish staff of Saint Nicholas (who's from Persia). Nothing to do with blackface or mocking African Americans or any culture reference an American may have. @Trausti

The Dutch were responsible for shipping most of the African people over the ocean, back in the 16th century, so we do have a big quilt. But in the Netherlands itself there were never slaves and black Dutch people are not associated with that.



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7 months ago #9378978        
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I thought only America used blackface to mock African Americans? But this is the Netherlands so.... Not racist only in the eyes of America it is... I think?


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7 months ago #9376378        
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I always figured that the requirement for Black Pete to be played by a white person was to protest against racism.



9 months ago #9361970        
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Sinterklaas actually wears make-up too, otherwise he wouldn't be pale enough.

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9 months ago #9361465        
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How did you manage to screw up the tags THAT much?



10 months ago #9343646        
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Actually I was thinking that at first, hmmmn. That seems mighty racist, and/or offensive Nethers. Then I was like , wow. How much did you smoke?



11 months ago #9329469        
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Haha!



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