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Actors dressed as Black Petes arrive on a boat in Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert
A debate is raging in the Netherlands over Sinterklaas, a controversial holiday celebration. Instead of elves, Santa gets help from Black Pete, a character clad in blackface. Is this a harmless holiday tradition or a racist throwback?
"It's evidenced by the strength of anti-Muslim parties compared to other countries like Germany," he said. "EVERYDAY RACISM
The May 2013 edition of Vogue Netherlands has run an editorial honouring designer Marc Jacobs’s work with Louis Vuitton. So far so Vogue, but puzzlingly, the accompanying spread features a white model in “blackface” make-up.
In recent years, controversy has been rising over the Dutch tradition of Zwarte Piet ("Black Pete"), a prominent figure in
He arrives on a steamship from Spain, travels to the Netherlands on the back of a white horse called 'BadWeatherToday' (SlechtWeerVandaag