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In today’s “Duh News”, Dutch courts have finally come to their senses and have ruled that “Black Pete” is truly in fact racist.

Known as Zwarte Piet, or “Black Pete,” the character has been controversial in the country for decades, but many in Amsterdam feel that it’s harmless. But today, courts ruled that it’s not.

According to the Associated Press, “the court said … that Black Pete’s appearance, in combination with the fact that he is often portrayed as dumb and servile, makes it ‘a negative stereotype of black people.'”

The Amsterdam District Court ordered the city to re-examine its decision to grant a permit for one part of the annual winter festival attended by thousands of children: the arrival of St. Nicholas, or “Sinterklaas.”

Adults dress up to play the Dutch version of the story, with St. Nicholas arriving by steamboat from Spain in November, accompanied by a flotilla of boats packed with Black Petes. St. Nicholas rides a white horse accompanied by the clowning Petes, who hand out cookies. Festivities conclude later with a night of gift giving on Dec. 5.

Amsterdam has begun discussing possible solutions, including using different colors of face paint for Pete, or merely smudging his cheeks with soot.

Or how about not smudging his cheeks with soot and just dress up in costumes?

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  • Mary Burrell

    So they finally decided to rule that this is an offensive character, It doesn’t matter this is ingrained into their psyche and they will not break tradition. I don’t think they care that it’s offensive. Just like they diminish the experiences of black people all over the world and say it’s no big deal. “You people need to just get over it.” That is their attitude where black people are concerned.

  • Racism is everywhere. The character is offensive, because people who use that character try to mock the image of the black phenotype. Blackface has always been used to either mock people or to make fun of people. Also, the sensibilities of black people should be respected. For far too often, the dignity of black people have been ignored and disrespected.

    On another note. Life is ironic sometimes. There is a Great Black Sister named Jennifer Tosch. She has a Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam as a means for us to understand the Diaspora in the Netherlands. I saw her on Youtube. She is sincere and real. So, I do support her and her efforts in learning about her black heritage. For we as black human beings are global not just local or even national. We are all Africans and the more we realize that we are all we got, the better.

  • Guest

    I’m from Holland and I’m sooo glad to see this happened. only thing is.. The mayor will probably fight the outcome in an appeal. Crazy isn’t it?