Netherlands Black Pete

Netherlands Black Pete

Court President Jaap Polak reads the ruling over a complaint that the city of Amsterdam had no right to grant permission for a parade with Black Pete because he is a negative stereotype of black people, at the highest Dutch administrative in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The court has waded into the increasingly acrimonious national debate around Black Pete, the black-faced sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus, and ruled that the city of Amsterdam was right to grant a permit for the parade based solely on the analysis of security risks, and that the organizers of the parade were the ones to be held accountable for possible negative stereotyping. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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