Sinterklaas is the Santa Clause version for the Dutch, but it’s his sidekick that is causing some controversy. Zwarte Piet or Black Pete is Sinterklaas’s helper or his servant because of the time period the character was invented, during slavery. Each year to celebrate, White people dress up in Black face and wigs resembling afros along with bright red lipstick. Dressing up in Black face is racist or offensive because of the way White people would portray the black characters with singing and dancing. The Dutch don’t believe that it’s racist to portray the character, but rather just a Christmas tradition. VOX.com created a video explaining the whole controversy surrounding Black Pete, you can watch it below.
— De Hofnar (@de_hofnar) November 25, 2016
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