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Dutch Court Finally Rules Racist "Black Pete" Character Is Racist

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Zwarte Piet, or "Black Pete," has been controversial in the Netherlands for decades. A surprising number of citizens think the character, Santa's Little-Black-Sambo-lookalike sidekick, is harmless. An Amsterdam court ruled today that he's not.

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The Associated Press reports, "the court said ... that Black Pete's appearance, in combination with the fact that he is often portrayed as dumb and servile, makes it 'a negative stereotype of black people.'"

Zwarte Piets were once openly characterized as Santa's slaves. Today, the Dutch refer to them as Santa's sidekicks and "good friends."

Protests against Christmas parades featuring hundreds of Zwarte Piets were especially strong this past December, and now parade organizers will have to reconsider including Zwarte Piets in this year's celebrations. But many Dutch citizens still don't get what the big deal is. According to Jessica Olien, who wrote about the phenomenon for Slate from the Netherlands in 2011,

Otherwise mature and liberal-minded adults may recoil from the topic and offer a rote list of reasons why Zwarte Piet should not offend anybody. "He is not even a black man," many will tell you. "He is just black because he came down the chimney."

Amsterdam parade organizers already have some solutions in mind, which include "using different colors of face paint for Pete, or merely smudging his cheeks with soot."

http://gawker.com/dutch-court-finally-rules-racist-black-pete-character-1599633518

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dutch-court-black-pete-negative-stereotype

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Clear folk dressing up as us just shows how much they want to be us. 


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huh? what is this? who knew?
so these are like Santa's elves? So is Santa Black where they come from?

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all those side kicks and no Santa in the pic

They love having an opportunity to let their racism out


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I live in the netherlands crew up with this bs. Kids often says that we look like black piet. The parents do not teach them the diffrence. And especially i. December than all the afro kids get bullied like bla k piet. As a parent it makes you helpless or powerless i thought my kids to tell them that he is black due to climbing through the chimney. But i will see what the 5 of december 2014 bring us. Now its summertime.
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Originally posted by naturesgift naturesgift wrote:

huh? what is this? who knew?
so these are like Santa's elves? So is Santa Black where they come from?


No hey is white with a long with beard.

Google ---sinterklaas---you can see how he looks like
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I laughed.
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It's just so damn hard for people to attempt to understand why something upsets a group of people. They don't even want to try.

I'm not Native American but I won't tell them not to be offended by sports logos and people playing dress up in their headdresses and such.
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