Zwarte Piet

'Tis the Season to Don Blackface: How My Friends Celebrate Christmas

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

Despite the warnings, 5 December, and the days and weeks that surrounded it, still proved to be a major challenge for me. Although I was aware that people were going to don blackfaces, I couldn't help but be surprised by the scale of the practice. Children and adults alike wore their afro wigs, red lips and gold earrings with pride...

'They Mock Our Face' - My Day at the Anti-Black Pete Protest in the Netherlands

Claire Fernandez | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Claire Fernandez

'Welkom in Gouda', giant letters announced to welcome the thousands of Dutch people who came to welcome the national 'arrival' of Saint Nicholas and his black faced helpers, the Black Petes (Zwarte Pieten in Dutch) on 15 November. The anti-Zwarte Piet protesters, on the other hand, were only welcomed by far-right hatred, biased journalists and police brutality...

Nelson Mandela Dead: Dutch Paper Sorry For 'Tasteless' Black Pete Link

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A newspaper in the Netherlands has apologised for linking Nelson Mandela's death to Santa's controversial blacked-up buddy Black Pete. The article ...

Zwarte Piet, or Dutch Santa and His Black Slave

Ewa Zubek | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Ewa Zubek

Do you remember golliwogs? Those black rag dolls with frizzy hair and red lips? You probably do, although most golliwog toys and references have succumbed to a UK-wide extermination process in the last few decades. Well, the toy hasn't exactly done much to promote racial equality and tolerance: terms like 'golliwog' and 'wog' entered the slang lexicon as racial slurs.

UN Warns The Netherlands Over Blacked-Up Christmas Character

Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

This article was amended after publication to replace 'Santa Claus' with 'Sinterklaas' in the second paragraph The Netherlands has been warned by t...

Hey Vogue, Instead of Using ‘Blackface' Makeup, Why Not Just Use Black Models?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The May 2013 edition of Vogue Netherlands has run an editorial honouring designer Marc Jacobs’s work with Louis Vuitton. So far so Vogue, but pu...

Zwarte Piet: Debate Rages Over 'Racist' Dutch Tradition

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

Debate over whether a traditional Dutch Christmas character is a harmless festive figure or an oppressive racist incarnation has been reignited in the...