a reply to: masqua
We do too, despite the fact that it has nothing to do with racism or slavery, Black Pete has got new Colleagues like Purple Pete and Blue or Yellow
Pete, even white Clown Pete and a Green Pete with candy without gluten.
But people against Black Pete were unsatisfied with this solution and chose to protest against Saint Nicolas and Black Pete while they arrived at
Gouda harbour where the children were awaiting the arrival.
Shouting at children that he does not exists, how low can one go
The sad part is that it is only a small group who is against Black Pete, but active in Amsterdam and The Hague politics and public television.
We take pride in our country our tradition/culture and our democracy in which also the minority has a voice, so a change has been made but sadly the
And yes i do agree with you that we should be wary of racism in a tradition, but on the other hand, if even negroes have enjoyed celebrating Saint
Nicolas at the antilles for many years without any notion of racism or connecting it to slavery, than i really wonder where this dissatisfaction and
anger comes from.
Partly i would say, because the background of the tradition is not very well known and therefore it becomes offending as if black is still subordinate
to white, but that time is fortunately long gone.
Be it America or Canada or Europe, people are treated equally to my knowledge and have the same rights and chances.
Sadly we cannot say that for the middle eastern part of the world and Afrika yet because slavery still exists in that region.
The other part can only be aimed against white people, dispite the change they continue to protest while we also have shared the backround of black
Not only the ravens of Woden, but also the army of the deads (deceased people from the underworld) were people who painted themselves black during the
It is the dark period of the year which start at Samhain and is the time of Holda, Hell, goddes of the underworld.
In Belgium Saint Nicolas is celebrated in the same way, but so far there has been no problem there, the people in Belgium say that this is due to not
having political correct people like the Netherlands has.
But let's see how it will go next year, Dyab Abou Jahjah, founder of AEL has started movement X and according to that organisation Black pete offends
black people, is a symbol of slavery and racism and thus must be stripped from the tradition.
So yes, a change has been made, we listen, but black is inextricably part of the tradition, not the devilish creature such as krampus which is a
creation from christianity.
I would say that the underworld, the hall of Hell is a place to heal, to become whole again, a saint.
that is vastly different from the christian version of hel with fire and a devil.
Could we do more? yes, like give him a black beard and other clothes, but on the other hand, the Black Pete of today is the greatest friend of the
children, (white black or yellow, whatever their belief or where they come from) because of the way he is and the way he acts and behaves, so let's
not make him into something that scares kids, we should think about that too.