Black Pete

Black Pete (Zwarte Piet) are blackface, curly-wigged clowns who accompany Santa Claus Sinter Klaus in the Netherlands. A defender of Black Pete said He does silly things. This sounds similar to the black face minstrel tradition that was considered mainstream entertainment in the USA not that long ago. It was a form of humour based on black stereotypes. Black people complained and eventually it was phased out. The same should happen in the Netherlands. It does not matter if the those enjoying the custom intend no malice; it is being felt that way. It is like punching someone lightly and you believe it should not hurt.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)