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The Dutch racist tradition/Goodbye to Black Pete/Fascism is coming
by Astrid Essed
Similar to the former ''Blackface'' [USA] and ''Golliwog'' [Great Britain], in the Netherlands ''Zwarte Piet'' [Dutch for Black Pete] is a racist caricature, that is invented in the 19th century, the era of slavery, diehard colonialism and racist theiries about the superiority of the ''white race'' Black Pete is the stupid servant of Saint Nicholas [in Dutch ''Sinterklaas] and leads to discrimination and teasing of black children. Time to say goodbye to Black Pete!

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