The Dutch Christmas Tradition of Black Pete

December 20, 2015

What do you do when you’re an African-American filmmaker living in a country full of people who dress up in blackface at Christmastime?  You pick up a camera. Roger Ross Williams  talks about his new documentary,  "Blackface." It's about the traditional Dutch celebration of "Black Pete" -- a Santa's helper who dresses in blackface, an Afro wig, red lipstick and big hoop earrings.

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This one-sided interview is a great example of cultural supremacy (a form of colonialism) and social arrogance and bigotry. It's a great example of the way in which one culture's social and political expectations are so easily imposed on another cultural group, replete with bigoted assumptions and uninterrogated presumptions. I'll let you figure out who I am referring to so pejoratively.

First. Its not Christmas in the Netherlands but its Sinterklaas, he looks a bit like Santa but its different. The celebration day is on December 5th.

second. Its not racism, They are black because they were slaves but Sinterklaas bought them free from the slave traders.

First. Its not Christmas in the Netherlands but its Sinterklaas, he looks a bit like Santa but its different. The celebration day is on December 5th.

second. Its not racism, They are black because they were slaves but Sinterklaas bought them free from the slave traders.

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