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"Black Pete" causes controversy in Holland

Each year in early December the Dutch celebrate St. Nicholas Day with ginger cookies, town parades and shoes left out for ‘Sinterklaas’ and his helper 'Zwarte Piet' (Black Pete) to fill with gifts and sweets. Zwarte Piet is usually portrayed by white Dutch people in black face. After a statement from a UN committee and an official hearing on the topic by the mayor of Amsterdam, this year Zwarte Piet’s racialized history has come under increased scrutiny. We talk with Roelof Jan Minneboo of the Zwarte Piet is Racism campaign. The organization is hoping to change the way the holiday is celebrated in the Netherlands. (Flickr/Gerard Stolk)

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