|Is "Black Pete," a Dutch holiday tradition, racist? -- Photo Credit: Associated Press|
Critics say the "Black Pete" outfit resembles racist caricatures of Black people, though it's only been in the past few years that anyone has dared speak out against the tradition. The holiday tradition is known as Zwarte Piet — whose name means "Black Pete" in English. Supporters insist on upholding the tradition and say it's a harmless fictional figure that doesn't represent race.
But a growing number of people are saying the figure is racist. Last year, there were even protests. And at least one influential website has called for celebrating the practice with the now controversial figure to end.
I think it's as racist as they come, apparently it is the Dutch version of Amos and Andy and Sambo. It's clear to me that they are demeaning a Black person; just because it's not in the U.S. doesn't make it any better.
What do you think?