Dutch Holiday Tradition Now Includes Annual Debate Over Blackface

Robert Mackey, THE NEW YORK TIMES (The New York Times)—Hundreds of Dutch citizens plan to don blackface this weekend for parades in honor of St. Nicholas, who according to local lore is accompanied by a dark-skinned helper know as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete. The annual celebration Read More


Dutch Push Back Against “Black Pete” Criticism

TOBY STERLING, Associated Press AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the “Black Pete” clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays has become the fastest-growing Dutch-language page ever, receiving 1 million “likes” in a single day. The Read More