Netherlands Black Pete

Netherlands Black Pete

In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo a “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”, jokes with children after arriving with Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, 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)

FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo a “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”, jokes with children after arriving with Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, 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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