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Netherlands: The Dutch Blackface and the Growing Backlash

Traditionally, around Christmastime, Dutch adults and children have donned frilly wigs, red lips, and blackface make-up as an ode to Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, the companion of Saint Nicholas.

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The Netherlands: The Darker Side of Christmas

Several activists were arrested for protesting at a Dutch Christmas celebration. They alleged that Zwarte Piet, a beloved Santa’s-helper folk character in the Netherlands, is racist.

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