Is this controversial Dutch holiday character racist?

erwinbakkumPublished: December 3, 2015Updated: December 4, 201589,455 views
Published: December 3, 2015Updated: December 4, 2015

It's the subject of a CNN documentary that premiered this month. In 'Blackface' African-American filmmaker Roger Ross Williams goes on a journey to understand why the notoriously liberal Dutch feel compelled to dress in blackface during the annual holiday tradition of Sinterklaas (the Dutch Santa Claus). How can a country that boasts of a multi-cultural society and liberal attitudes be so oblivious of its own colonial past? The reason can be seen in this home video shot at a celebration of Sinterklaas this month. It's because the children who don't know anything about racist issues have a wonderful time with their hero Zwarte Piet (Black Pete).

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