Netherlands Black Pete

Netherlands Black Pete

FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, a person dressed as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete” attends a parade in Amsterdam, Netherlands. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, a Dutch Facebook page seeking to preserve the country’s fall “Sinterklaas” festival exactly as it is, including clowns in blackface makeup known as “Black Petes”, has received nearly a million ‘likes’ just 24-hours after it was created. Opponents say Black Petes are an offensive caricature of black people, but supporters say Pete is a figure of fun whose appearance is harmless. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber, File)