[Ed. – Cancel culture strikes again.]
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his attitude towards “Black Pete”, a figure from pre-Christmas celebrations that has been criticized as a racist caricature, had undergone “great changes” in recent years.
Rutte said his view had changed since 2013 when he said “Black Pete is just black and I can’t do much about that.”
Now he expects the tradition to disappear.
He was speaking on Thursday in a parliamentary debate about anti-racism protests in the Netherlands held in solidarity with US demonstrations after the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.
In the Dutch tradition, St. Nicholas brings gifts to kids accompanied by numerous “Petes,” clownish servants usually portrayed by white people in blackface paint wearing frizzy wigs and red lipstick.