Netherlands Black Pete

Netherlands Black Pete

FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo the Dutch version of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, and his sidekicks known as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete” arrive by steamboat in Hoorn, north-western Netherlands. Amsterdam’s mayor and organizers of a large children’s winter festival have unveiled plans on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 to reform the image of “Black Pete” in order to remove perceived racist elements over a period of years. A large majority of the Netherlands’ mostly-white population say Pete is a positive figure and deny any racial insult. But a court and racism experts have found his appearance offensive. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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