Posted by: Trina | November 17, 2009

When Santa’s Helpers Wear Blackface…

With special thanks to Ms Wooden Shoes for sharing her perspective!

Sinterklaas arrived in Holland this weekend to begin the celebration leading up to winter holiday known as Sinterklaasavond (Sinterklaas evening) on December 5. As always, he was accompanied by his controversial companian Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). For the next several weeks Holland will be inundated with images of Zwarte Piet: pictures in the windows of shops, large puppets hanging from the ceilings of Holland’s finest department stores, and even little children dressed in blackface.

Living in the Netherlands for over a decade has not made this spectacle any easier to witness. Before children, I could ignore it. But with this buffoonery being directed at children, I no longer have that luxury.

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