Wednesday 27 November 2013
Netherlands St Nicholas festival accused of racism
Saint Nicholas waves next to one of his assistants called Black Pete during a traditional parade in Brussels
Saint Nicholas waves next to one of his assistants called Black Pete during a traditional parade in Brussels
Reuters/Francois Lenoir/Files
By Cintia Taylor

While most of Europe gears up for Christmas, in the Netherlands the focus is on Saint Nicholas's Day, Sinterklaas as the Dutch call it. The 6 December festivity has aroused claims of racism recently because the saint’s helper, known as Black Pete, sports a black face, thick red lips and curly hair. Many are now saying the figure must go.

 

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There are other examples of

There are other examples of racism in The Netherlands. A black student applied for a internship at Mike de Wilde Electronics (http://bit.ly/1aXL7nZ) and got an internal mail reply on his application by accident: "I've checked it. He's nothing. Because it's a coloured guy (nigger). And he has little experience with computers. Kind regards, Ruben Willemsen.". It was in the news (http://bit.ly/1hkAgsq), but many Dutch people replied: "So what? If you don't want black people to work for you, than it's your right. They can go back where they come from."

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