!! OMG, how racist? Most Dutch people don't think so !!
Meet Zwarte Piet (translated "Black Pete" from Dutch), a character created around 1850 who assists Sinterklaas (Dutch Santa) with the delivery of toys, etc. It is traditional in the Netherlands for people to don black face, afro wigs, and big red lips around Christmastime to commemorate his existence.
According to a recent article in the Toronto Star, most Dutch people, including a prominent left-wing politician, see no problem with the tradition. This, coming from one of the most legislatively progressive countries in the world, doesn't do much to negate the "racist European" stereotype.
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