In a year of Black Lives Matter protests, Dutch wrestle (again) with the tradition of Black Pete

An annual tradition or a national embarrassment. AP Photo/Peter Dejong As Black Lives Matter protests and social uprisings spread across U.S. cities in the summer, the civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote a personal letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte over an annual tradition that many believe to be racist. Every Dec. 5, people across the Netherlands paint their faces black and don afro wigs to celebrate the arrival of Black Pete, the blackface servant of St. Nicholas who helps to deliver presents. With conversations about racial justice, systemic racism and anti-Black prejudic…

Read More

HEDGE accordingly