Saint Nicolas and Black Petes are back with a vengeance

A while back I wrote a piece about the Dutch children's tradition of celebrating Saint Nicolas and his helper Black Pete. About the latter one, Black Pete, a rather violent discussion is currently raging in the Netherlands. About a year ago the latest discussion ensued. It even went up as far the UN. One Dutch …

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I must be racist because I celebrate Sinterklaas and Black Peter

On the eve of December 5th (this is not an official holiday), Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas visits children in the Netherlands and Belgium to bring them presents. At night the children will put their shoe next to the fireplace or window and sing songs to Sinterklaas before going to bed hoping to a present filled …

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